Increasing knowledge-sharing and transfer with Israeli partners

On the 5th of September 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries received a  team from Israel for meetings and tours to develop best approaches to increasing partnership in Agriculture especially through knowledge-sharing.

The Ministry of Agriculture is also exploring more ways of engaging the graduate students in Uganda when they return from Israel which is one of the leading economies in agriculture and hosts trainee students from Uganda on the AgroStudies Programme.

Above: Mr Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry led the Ministry team in the discussions in Entebbe which were followed by tours of the National Farmers Leadership Center in Mpigi district with the center and district leadership. The 2018 graduation of students from the Agro-Studies Programme in Israel was attended by Hon. Vincent Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, indicating the Ministry’s commitment to the partnership.

Above: Ambassador Noah Gal Gendler who is based at the Embassy of Israel in Kenya led the Israeli team. The Ambassador presented his team’s interest in promoting knowledge transfer and sharing to support the students, Ministry officials especially in extension services and farmers.

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 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).

About the AgroStudies Programme

Agrostudies is an organization that provides a unique apprenticeship in agriculture, combining advanced studies and hands on ‘learning by doing ‘ in various fields. We collaborate with dozens of carefully selected farms across Israel, to ensure each student is nurtured in the most enabling and stimulating learning environment, allowing them to benefit from real exposure to the most advanced agricultural working methods.

Classes are taught once a week on three campuses, one in Tel-Hai College in the North (nearby Kiryat Sh’mona) another at the Ruppin College and a third in Kfar Silver.  In addition, each group is assigned a tutor who accompanies them throughout their internship, based on their area of study.

Agrostudies is part of the Granot Central Cooperative and has offices close by Gan Sh’muel at the Granot factories complex.

See website here