Agriculture Ministry to enhance availability and access Agricultural Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production

As one of the ways of promoting increased agricultural production and productivity, the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries is stepping up investment in agricultural mechanization and water for agricultural production.

To achieve this, the Ministry set up a specialised Department for Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production which works closely with line Ministries and Agencies of Government.

Above: A mechanisation expert working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries  exhibiting agricultural machinery at the 2018 Taxpayers Appreciation Week that was organised by the Uganda Revenue Authority at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala from the 26th to the 28th of September 2018. The Ministry has embarked on mass sensitisation through  such exhibitions, the media platforms and community outreach among other approaches to increase uptake of mechanisation and proper use of water for agricultural production.

Building capacity for Agricultural Mechanisation  

In addition to the distribution of heavy earth-moving equipment and machinery across the country as reported last financial year, the Ministry is supporting Local Government Units to build human capacity development.

This is through supporting the recruitment of Senior Agricultural Engineers for each district in the country.

By the time of press release, 43 districts across the country had recruited a Senior Agricultural Engineer to reinforce work done by extension officers in promoting effective agricultural mechanisation.

The 43 districts include Bushenyi, Buvuma, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge, Bundibugyo, Kiryandongo, Lira, Oyam, Amolater, Amuru, Luwero, Mukono, Kayunga, Kalangala, Lwengo, Gomba, Butambala, Kiboga, Kalungu, Adjumani, Arua, Maracha, Serere, Ngora, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Kamuli, Mayuge, Bugiri, Kaliro, Buyende, Tororo, Bukwo, Mbale, Manafwa, Luuka, Namayingo, Rukingiri, Mayuge, Buikwe, Sembabule, Namayingo and Mukono.

The role of the Senior Agricultural Engineer to provide guidance on access to and best practices of using agricultural machinery and water for agricultural production.

Status of Agricultural Mechanisation in Uganda 

By Financial Year 2015/16 the level of agricultural mechanisation in the country was minimal, compared to other sub-Saharan African countries.

Through stakeholder engagement in different fora including the Joint Agricultural Sector Annual Review, the Ministry embarked on developing relevant solutions.

The solutions that the Ministry adopted included the development of incentive schemes for acquisition and maintenance of mechanisation equipment, purchase of 450 tractors, rehabilitation and refurbishment of the Namalere Agricultural Mechanisation Resource Centre and building capacity for technical training operators, mechanics, technicians and farmers.

Above: The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is supporting the adoption of agricultural mechanisation for small, medium and large scale production through the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.

The solutions also included increased collaboration with the National Bureau of Standards to eliminate importation and trade of substandard agricultural mechanisation equipment and the completion of the national agricultural mechanisation policy and implementation framework.

Notes for editors

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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.

See strategic objectives here.

See Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan here.

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).