On the 16th of July, 2018 Honorable Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries was joined by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja, Ms Beatrice Byarugaba the Director for Agricultural Extension Services and Dr. Dick Nuwamanya Kamuganga the President of the Uganda National Farmers Federation in welcoming the general public to the 26th Source of the Nile National Agriculture Show.
In the excerpt below, the Minister highlighted the key lessons that participants can expect from this year’s edition of the Show.
Excerpt from Minister’s Official Statement
As Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries we have organised a series of educational activities aimed at achieving the following.
We recognised the need to empower sector players especially the youth with knowledge of opportunities along the value chain, including value addition and marketing from which one can earn income without going to the farm.
We believe that this will demystify the sector for our youth as we continue to attract them to agriculture both on and off the farm.
In this area, we shall also showcase new ways of using Information Communication Technology in agribusiness where our people can make use of the internet and mobile phones to offer services and products online.
This is one of many innovations that have been developed to boost production and marketing.
Given that we are in a country where 80% of the households are engaged in agriculture, there are many innovations aimed at increasing production and productivity that have been introduced, many of which are on display at the Show.
As a Ministry, we have organised exhibition centres for interventions from Ministry Departments and Agencies including newly-introduced crop varieties from the National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO) and breakthroughs in breeding from the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre.
The Directorates in the Ministry will also be exhibiting products, policy guidelines and models for agricultural development alongside models from projects including the Vegetable Oil Development Project, the Agriculture Cluster Development Project and ATAAS which is the Agricultural Technology and Agribusiness Advisory Services.
As a way of addressing the rate of food loss which greatly affects food security, we have a number of interventions in Post-Harvest Handling that are on display.
Proper Post-Harvest Handling is key in fighting food loss costs us 37 percent of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The show which started on the 13th of July was kicked off with opening debates and tours for the youth who also got a chance to interact directly with and learn from experts, members of the Parliamentary Committee of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and Private Sector players at the Show Grounds.
Show-goers should also look forward to tailor-made training for highly-profitable value chains and use of irrigation and equipment for agricultural mechanisation, all of which we are using to further transform agriculture from subsistence to largely commercial.
This National Agriculture Show which will run up to the 22nd of July and will officially be opened by His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the President of the Republic of Uganda tomorrow, the 17th of July 2018.
Once again ladies and gentlemen, I warmly invite you all to join us in this flagship transformational event until the 22nd of July in Jinja.
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