Category “Uganda”

Uganda: Plant Clinics Take Root in Uganda

Mukono — Using a sharp kitchen knife, “plant doctor” Daniel Lyazi sets to work dissecting a slime-covered cabbage at a farmers’ market in Mukono, central Uganda, where the devastating cassava brown streak disease was first identified in 2004.

“There’s a small caterpillar which is eating the cabbage and according to me it’s a diamond-back moth,” he tells the group of farmers who crowd around his table.

He advises the cabbage grower to switch to a different pesticide and in the next season inter-plant with onions (as an additional repellent to moths), and fills out a form with this prescription before turning to the next “patient”, an under-sized cassava tuber.

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East Africa: Uganda to Host International Symposium & Exhibition On Agriculture Development in the EAC 4-8 November 2013

Arusha — A 5-day International Symposium and Exhibition on Agricultural Development in the East African Community will be held 4-8 November 2013 at the Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

The event is being collaboratively organized by the EAC Secretariat, Kilimo Trust, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), Uganda’s Ministries of East African Community Affairs (MEACA- Uganda), and that of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF- Uganda).

The theme of the Symposium and Exhibition is Agricultural Development in the EAC: lessons from the past 50 years and prospects for the future. Participants will be engaged in dialogue designed to enhance EAC regional integration in the agricultural sector through five major events: Youth in Agriculture (YiA) Workshop, Technical Symposium, a High Level Executive Roundtable, Exhibitions, and Special Seminars.

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Uganda: Belgium Gives Sh6 Billion for Uganda’s Cattle Corridor

Belgium has offered 2m Euros (Shs 6.8bn) towards efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change on thousands of farmers in Uganda’s cattle-corridor.

Natural disasters such as floods and long spells of drought, have contributed to diminishing crop and animal productivity in the corridor over the recent years. The cattle corridor includes Ankole sub-region, Sembabule, Luweero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Mubende and Kiboga, among others.

The Belgian aid will go to a project which is in line with the National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) programme, initiated by the agriculture and Water ministries. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will directly supervise the implementation of the Belgium-funded aspects in these districts.

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Uganda Wants Private Sector Led Fish Industry

Uganda and ten other African countries have started drafting a comprehensive policy that seeks to promote aquaculture, with the private sector as the major player.

The fisheries officials and government representatives from the Eastern Africa region meeting in Kampala on Tuesday said their governments have realised that the private sector can play a big role in boosting the contribution of the fishing industry to national income.

The officials met at Hotel Africana in Kampala to evaluate the contribution of the Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) phase II fish programme in strengthening fisheries management in their countries. The programme that winds up in November is funded by the European commission (EC).

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Uganda: Museveni Donates 20 Tractors

President Museveni has given 20 tractors worth Shs 2.24bn to 20 groups of farmers across the country.

Museveni, who handed over the tractors at Kololo airstrip, said he used his presidential budget to buy the tractors from Engineering Solutions Uganda Ltd.

“I’m using my small budget of the president to buy these tractors; I have not used the government budget. This is interest-free, it is not a loan. Take and use them to improve your farming,” Museveni told the beneficiaries.

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Uganda: Agriculture Loans Can Ease Inflation

The availability of more loans designed to finance activities along the agricultural production, processing and marketing value chain can turn out to be a secret weapon to tackle food inflation in Uganda, a banker has advised.

“Yes, it is a good thing for more commercial banks to support the farmers by offering innovative agricultural loans. This will enable farmers to produce more so that food inflation can come down,” A.R Kalan, the managing director of Crane Bank said.

He said this at the opening of the bank’s 33rd branch on Luwum Street in Kampala on Wednesday.

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Uganda: Farmers to benefit from UDB processing machine

Farmers in the Kigezi sub-region will benefit from a Uganda Development Bank initiative that seeks to add value to their potatoes before they are put on the market. The initiative will involve the construction of a potato processing plant in the sub region. The project spearheaded by Mr Tom Mugenga – a Kampala based businessman will be bankrolled by the UDB.

Mr Mugenga told the Daily Monitor that the plant will be installed with up-date technology and will be run under the Kisoro Potato Processing initiative.

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