Ngetta ZARDI upgraded with solar-powered irrigation systems

Dr Sadik Kassim, the NARO Deputy Director General in charge Agricultural Technology Promotion, has urged staff of zonal research institutes (ZARDI) to put to use the various research facilities that continue to be installed. He said value for money and impact of agricultural research can only be celebrated if such facilities are functional and able…

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MAAIF tips Kenyan forces on agriculture best practices

This past week, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) hosted a delegation from the Kenya National Defence College on their mission to find out why Uganda is doing better in terms of ensuring food security in the region. Pius Wakabi Kasajja, the MAAIF Permanent Secretary, told the delegation that Ugandan is ahead…

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MAAIF creates app to track sweet potato quality

Sweet potato is one of the leading staple foods in the country. Grown in Teso sub-region, it is rich in vitamin A. In fact, Uganda is the top producer of sweet potatoes in Africa. However, the quality of sweet potato often keeps changing due to several factors as poor farming methods while farmers incur losses…

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Govt provides drip irrigation technology to 23 districts

Uganda is endowed with rich and fertile soils capable of producing micro-nutrient-rich crops. However, limitations in irrigation technology have hampered many smallholder farming from achieving this dream, thereby leading to low-nutrient produce. So, in order to promote year-round production of micro-nutrient-rich crops, the Uganda Multisectoral Food Security and Nutrition Project (UMFSNP) has rolled out a…

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Finance commends NAADS intervention in Mubende

Officials from the Natural Resources Committee of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) have commended the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) for contributing to the improvement of the livelihood of farmers through supporting farmers with agricultural inputs. Francis Xavier Yiga, the committee chairperson, made the observation in Mubende while concluding field visits…

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NAGRC&DB kick-starts Aswa ranch revamp

The National Animal genetic resources center and Databank has embarked on a three-year plan to revamp Aswa ranch for production and processing of multiple export grade products. Aswa ranch located in Pader district and is one of the governments’ high-potential ranches. So, according to Dr Peter Beine, the NAGRC&DB acting executive director, the purpose of…

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Expert speaks out on aflatoxins in maize

In the wake of Kenya’s recent ban on Ugandan maize due to high levels of aflatoxins that are above safety limits, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has stepped in to advise farmers. Whereas the ban was lifted a few days later, Paul Mwambu, the Commissioner Crop Inspection and Certification at MAAIF,…

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Agribusiness Competition Attracts More Than 1,500 Youths

In 2017 when the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) collaborated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to start a competition for budding Agripreneurs, it was met with a bit of scepticism. This was due to the stereotype that youth see agribusiness as a thing for older people.…

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Open Day for Value Chain Actors Creates Productive Alliances

In an effort to support sustainable agribusiness development and management, government set up the Agricultural Cluster Development Project (ACDP) to market linkages, post-harvest handling, and storage and value addition. This requires public and private sector investments improved food security and enhanced household income. In that regard, ACDP last month linked up local agro-input dealers to…

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