Exploring areas of increased partnership with the People’s Republic of China with a delegation from Hunan Province

On the 14th of August 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries held a seminar  in Entebbe with a delegation from the Hunan Province in the People’s Republic of China.

The seminar was aimed at discussing ways of strengthening Cooperation in Agriculture Between Uganda and the People’s Republic of China and was opened by Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries accompanied by Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary and Dr. Crispus Kiyonga the Ambassador of Uganda to China.

The Chinese Delegation was led by Mr. Zeng Guangnan Director General of the Hainan Provincial International Cooperation Center for Agriculture.

Above (Left to right): Dr. Crispus Kiyonga the Ambassador of Uganda to China, Mr. Zeng Guangnan Director General of the Hunan Provincial International Cooperation Center for Agriculture and Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries at the opening of the seminar in Entebbe.

The seminar provided a platform for discussing lessons learnt from China by experts from among other Agencies, the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and exploring investment opportunities in Uganda’s agricultural sector.

One of the models presented as an example was the Agricultural Industrial Park model that involves investment in not only production but all points of the value chain including processing, proper post-harvest handling, support for agricultural extension and research as well as product standards.

The model was presented by Dr. Yona Baguma from the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO).

During the introductory discussions, the two teams agreed to pursue partnerships that will support value addition and agro processing, production of livestock and fish feeds, agricultural research and market for agricultural exports from Uganda.

Above: Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries addressing representatives of various media houses at the press briefing after the opening of the seminar in Entebbe. Hon. Sempijja noted that the Ministry will be focusing more on quality and standards through increased training and emphasis on Proper Post-Harvest Handling to boost competitiveness of Uganda’s agricultural exports to major markets including the Chinese market. The Minister also highlighted the initiatives that will be supported under the partnerships with China including production of livestock and feeds the ingredients of which are available in Uganda as well as agricuiltural research among others.

Above:Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary adressing participants during the seminar. Mr. Wakabi highlighted the Ministry’s focus on deliberate investment aimed at further transformation of the sector supported by infrastructural development.

Above: Dr. Crispus Kiyonga the Ambassador of Uganda to the People’s Republic of Uganda speaking at the seminar. Dr. Kiyonga called upon Ugandan agricultural scientists to pick lessons and models from China that can be customised for Uganda and thanked them for maintaining a high level of expertise and professionalism that is known to their counterparts in China.

Above: Dr. Peter Ngategize from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development taking participants through a presentation on the role of Policy and strategic investment in influencing development and further transformation of agriculture.

Notes to 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 Finance and Administration each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

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).

Useful resources on partnership with the People’s Republic of China

Chinese governor holds talks with PM Rugunda: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1480201/chinese-governor-holds-talks-pm-rugunda

China, Uganda partner to promote agriculture skills: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/China–Uganda-partner-to-promote-agriculture-skills/688334-3901998-vilern/index.html

Strategic partnership for the South-to-South Cooperation with delegates from the People’s Republic of China: http://agriculture.go.ug/reinforcing-agriculture-sector-partnership-with-delegates-from-the-peoples-republic-of-china/