No Poisoning of Fish on L. Victoria and L. Kyoga – Preliminary Findings

Introduction: Following increased media reports about dead fish floating on water and being swept ashore on parts of Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga and River Nile, a team constituting of Senior Fisheries Inspectors, Senior Laboratory Officer and Laboratory Officers was dispatched by the Directorate of Fisheries Resources on 5th January 2021 and yesterday 9th January, 2021…

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MAAIF undersecretary rallies farmers to join development projects

MAAIF undersecretary rallies farmers to join development projects  Farmers in rural areas need to be informed about the availability of grants and other micro projects under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) in order to move from subsistence to commercial farming. Mr Ronald Ssegawa Gyagenda the undersecretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and…

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MAAIF tips value-chain actors on export quality

More than 60 farmers engaged in fruits, vegetables and horticulture have benefitted from training aimed at improving quality management and safety of marketed produce through promotion of compliance to standards among exporters and stakeholders. The training was conducted by the Department of Crop Inspection and Certification in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries…

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Govt invests Shs 40bn in Masaka fruit factory

Government has finalised the process to establish a fruit processing facility in Greater Masaka sub-region. The proposed factory, which will be set up through National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC), is one of government’s initiatives to promote agro-industrialization. The factory will be able to produce 5 metric tonnes per hour…

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UCDA distributes fertilizers to coffee farmers countrywide

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has launched a campaign to stump old coffee trees and rehabilitate abandoned coffee gardens across the country to help increase productivity.  Under the campaign, UCDA will train farmers on good agricultural practices (GAPs) such as stumping overgrown coffee trees to increase their yield. The Authority will also distribute fertilizers…

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Govt provides support to smallholder coffee irrigation in eight districts

More than 50 smallholder coffee irrigation systems are expected to be established in a few weeks’ time when government extends the Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) to eight pilot districts. They include Bukwo, Bunyangabu, Hoima, Kabarole, Kasanda, Kikuube, Kiryandongo and Masindi. Eng Dennis Tumusiime, an ACDP water engineer, revealed this during an awareness creation workshop…

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Buvuma oil palm project takes shape

The eagerly-anticipated oil palm project in Buvuma Islands is edging closer to fruition following the completion of the nursery phase. About 400,000 seedlings have so far been planted on 40 hectares. The phase has also created employment for 156 workers, who are working on the nursery as well as land clearance in preparation for transferring…

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2020 review: MAAIF weathers Covid-19 storm, desert locusts to end year on a high

Mr Pius Wakabi Kasajja, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), says the year 2020 was a challenging one that stretched the ministry. However, excellent planning and a high level of improvisation helped the ministry overcome the tide. Kasajja highlighted this and other gains in the agricultural sector during…

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Government rolls out UNAP II to improve nutrition

In an effort to increase production and consumption of micronutrient-rich foods and utilize community-based nutrition services in smallholder households, the government has developed the second Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP II) to provide the strategic direction for scaling up nutrition at all levels in Uganda. UNAP II, which falls under the Uganda Multi-sectoral Food Security…

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Tough livestock guidelines earn MAAIF markets in Zambia, Algeria

When Bright Rwamirama, the State Minister for Animal Industry, presented tough guidelines for the reopening up livestock markets last month, they were greeted with some skepticism because they limited free movement of livestock. The minister’s directive was mostly aimed at stemming the spread of Covid-19 among people as well as protecting cattle from the dreaded…

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