On the 26th of July 2018, a delegation of investors and agricultural experts from Sichuan Province in China visited the Head offices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in Entebbe.
The delegation was welcomed was welcomed by Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary who also chaired a bilateral meeting between the Chinese and Ministry leadership.
The leadership team also included Directors from the four Directorates of the Ministry and Heads of Departments.
As highlighted by the Permanent Secretary in his remarks, the building and sustenance of such partnerships is guided by the Ministry’s mission which is “To transform subsistence farming into commercial agriculture.”
The China-Uganda Partnerships in Agriculture
Top of the Agenda was the Uganda-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Project which was initiated on the 8th of December 2011 in a Tripartite Agreement between the Government of Uganda, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Government of the Peoples Republic of China.
Above: The Deputy Director-General of the Sichuan Provincial Department of Agriculture (Right) exchanging project documents for Phase 2 with Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in the year 2011.
The first phases of the project which started in October 2012 and ended in October 2014 were implemented under the name “Technical Assistance Under the South-South Cooperation (SSC) with the People’s Republic of China in Support of the Development Strategy and Investment Plan 2010/11-2015/16 in the Republic of Uganda.”
The main objectives were capacity-building, technology transfer, and promotion of trade and investment. The Chinese experts were fielded in Uganda and successfully carried out technology demonstration in various locations.
The project achieved good results that include improved production of Apples, Hybrid rice, Foxtail millet, Mushrooms, Livestock feeds, and Fish farming. Uganda also hosted two Chinese Agricultural Trade Delegations from Sichuan Province and executed two capacity building tours to China.
Above: The Deputy Director-General of the Sichuan Provincial Department of Agriculture (Left) receiving a gift from the Permanent Secretary Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja after the bilateral meetings in Entebbe on the 26th of July, 2018.
With the success registered in the first phases of the project, the two countries are set to proceed with phase three which will cover among other items, investment in agro-industrial parks and animal drugs for the livestock sub-sector.