Regional Collaboration for agricultural development: MAAIF Hosts Kenya National Defence College Delegation

Entebbe, 17th March 2021. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries hosted a delegation from the Kenya National Defence College at the Ministry Headquarters in Entebbe.

The sessions in Entebbe which were chaired by MAAIF Permanent Secretary Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja were part of a Study Tour of College Representatives aimed at exploring unique successful models and initiatives in Uganda.

The following are highlights of the agricultural sector as presented by the Permanent Secretary.

The growth achieved per year for Uganda’s agricultural sector is increasing. The sector registered a growth rate of 4.4% in Financial Year 2019/20 which is higher than 3.8% that was registered in Financial Year 2018/19.

The provision and subsidization of inputs by Government has influenced surplus production of Milk (up to 2.9 billion liters) and Maize (up to 5 million Metric Tonnes) among other products and increased Coffee exported to a record 7.75 million 60-kilogram bags for FY 2019/20.

To ensure that production remains profitable, Government is investing more in value addition. Through the Agriculture Cluster Development Project alone, storage and processing facilities for 193 Farmer Organisations have been established. Much more is to be done under agro-industrialisation agenda of NDP III.

Government efforts to regulate the fisheries sub-sector have contributed to yielding Fish stocks of 9,378 metric tonnes in Financial Year 2019/20. During the same year, the establishment of Regional Agricultural Mechanization Centers was kick-started.

Uganda remains a committed trading partner with the neighbors and Government is pursuing an multi-sectoral strategy to address challenges like the aflatoxin prevalence and other quality-related issues to be alleviated under NDPIII.

Notes for editors

About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.

The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

Strategic Objectives

  • To initiate the formulation and review of the policy and legal framework for the sector
  • To establish and implement systems for service provision in the sector
  • To strengthen and implement strategies, regulatory framework, standards, institutional structures and infrastructure for quality assurance and increased quantities of agricultural products to access and sustain local, regional and export markets
  • To design and implement sustainable capacity building programmes for stakeholders in the agricultural sector through training, re-tooling, infrastructure, provision of logistics and ICT
  • To develop strategies for sustainable food security
  • To develop appropriate agricultural technologies for improved agricultural production, productivity and value addition through research
  • To develop effective collaborative mechanisms with affiliated institutions and
  • To take lead and establish a system and institutional framework for agricultural data collection, analyses, storage and dissemination to stakeholders including Uganda Bureau of Statistics.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

The Departments of the Ministry which do not fall directly in the above include the Department of Agricultural Planning and Development, the Human Resource Department, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.

The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).

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