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The Ministry’s functions are derived from the constitution of the republic of Uganda; the Local Governments Act, (1997), and the Public Service reform Programme (PSRP). As a result of the reforms, the role of Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries  is to create an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector by performing the following functions:

Enhancing crop production and productivity, in a sustainable and environmentally safe manner, for improved food and nutrition security, employment, widened export base and improved incomes of the farmers;

Key Functions

  • Formulate, review and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries;
  • Control and manage epidemics and disasters, and support the control of sporadic and endemic diseases, pests and vectors;
  • Regulate the use of agricultural chemicals, veterinary drugs, biological, planting and stocking materials as well as other inputs;
  • Support the development of infrastructure and use of water for agricultural production along livestock, crop and fisheries value chains;
  • Establish sustainable systems to collect, process, maintain and disseminate agricultural statistics and information;
  • Support provision of planting and stocking materials and other inputs to increase production and commercialization of agriculture for food security and household income;
  • Develop public infrastructure to support production, quality / safety assurance and value-addition along the livestock, crop and fisheries commodity chains;
  • Monitor, inspect, evaluate and harmonize activities in the agricultural sector including local governments;
  • Strengthen human and institutional capacity and mobilize financial and technical resources for delivery of agricultural services;
  • Develop and promote collaborative mechanisms nationally, regionally and internationally on issues pertaining to the sector;

In addition to the above major functions, MAAIF has the following eight Agencies that will be responsible for the following delegated functions:-

  • National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)-for generation and dissemination of research technologies;
  • National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) for delivery of advisory services;
  • National Animal Genetic Resource Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) for animal genetic development;
  • Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanasomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) ;
  • Diary Development Authority (DDA) for promotion of Dairy development;
  • Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) for promotion of coffee development;
  • Cotton Development Organisation (CDO) for promotion of cotton development;
  • Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture Secretariat for implementing the Prosperity for All (PFA) Strategy.

Key Outputs

  • National policies, strategies, plans, regulations and standards formulated, reviewed and implemented; laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries enforced;
  • Epidemics/disasters, sporadic and endemic diseases, pests and vectors controlled and managed;
  • Use of agricultural chemicals, veterinary drugs, biological, planting and stocking materials as well as other inputs regulated;
  • Infrastructure and use of water for agricultural production along livestock, crop and fisheries value chains developed and supported;
  • Sustainable systems to collect, process, maintain and disseminate agricultural statistics established;
  • Provision of planting and stocking materials and other inputs to increase production and commercialization of agriculture for food security and household income supported;
  • Infrastructure to support production, quality/ safety assurance and value-addition along the livestock, crop and fisheries commodity chains developed;
  • Activities in the agricultural sector including local governments monitored, inspected, evaluated and harmonized;
  • Human and institutional capacity strengthened and financial and technical resources for delivery of agricultural services mobilized;
  • National, regional and international collaborative mechanisms on issues pertaining to the sector developed and promoted ;
  • The eight semi autonomous bodies are responsible for the outputs related to the key functions delegated to them.