Rollout of New Communications Approaches for Phyto-Sanitary Standards Underway

Entebbe, 23rd January 2020. As another strategic step towards increased awareness about agricultural product standards, international market requirements for standards and phyto-sanitary standards, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has kick-started the process towards rolling out an new communications approaches.

The main target of these approaches is to increase awareness about agricultural product standards, international market requirements for standards and phyto-sanitary standards.

This process has commenced today with the constitution of a working group that is made up of representative of each one of the following groups that will be expanded as the roll-out goes on: Ministry Top Management, MAAIF Communications Unit, Agricultural Product Exporters, the Private Sector, Agricultural Research, Farmers Growing Crops for Export, the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, the Uganda Agribusiness Alliance and Agricultural Inspectors.

Below are links to recently published information in this area that will be channeled through the media as part of the implementation:

How to register electronically as an exporter: https://www.agriculture.go.ug/online-certification/

Specific requirements for farmers growing fruits and vegetables: https://www.agriculture.go.ug/fruits-and-vegetables-export/

Most recent listing of accredited exporters of horticultural products: https://www.agriculture.go.ug/registered-exporters-of-hort…/

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).

For media-related inquiries and accreditation contact Solomon Kalema Musisi, Senior Communications Officer-Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries using the email below:

solomon.kalema@agriculture.go.ug