Uganda: Farmers Told to Go Commercial

Farmers have been told to look at agriculture as a business if they are to reap big from it. Animal industry state minister Bright Rwamirama said the Government has provided a good investment climate for agriculture and is committed to supporting the sector through programmes such as NAADS.

This was at the launch of a two-day international expo for livestock and poultry at the UMA show grounds at lugogo last week.

“It is a privilege that such an international exhibition is being held in our country. Our farmers have a lot to learn from the exposure to new technology, breeds and farming systems and processes,” Rwamirama said.

The expo drew participants from Belgium, china, Denmark, Hungary, India, Kenya, Labanon, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa and Spain.

Visitors were given an opportunity to learn innovative technologies on poultry and dairy farming, disease control, health management and nutrition.

Dr. Inderjit Singh, the managing director of Aviana Uganda, which organised the exhibition, said his firm was providing a platform to exhibit products, services and innovative technology to create business partnerships.

Dr. Sam Okech, the president of the Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA), said the expo was an opportunity for the animal sector to move towards development in the next 50 years.

“Our farmers have been lacking knowledge and exposure, but with this expo, they will get to know genuine farm inputs to avoid the fake products that have flooded the market,” Okech noted.

He added that UVA is committed to supporting farmers with expert information, and the farmers to be on the lookout for fraudsters people who claim to be veterinary personnel.

Source: The New Vision

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