Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services

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Core Objective

To promote and support sustainable and market-oriented agricultural production, food security and household incomes.

Main Objectives of the Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services

  • To strengthen human and institutional capacity for delivery of agricultural extension services in local governments and the Private Sector.
  • To strengthen and support linkages and collaboration nationally within and with other sectors as well as regionally and internationally on issues pertaining agricultural extension service delivery.
  • To Promote agribusiness services and agricultural value chain development in close collaboration with the private sector.
  • To render advisory and technical services through local governments related to crop, animal and fisheries production, and strengthen.
  • To continuously identify emerging areas for public and private sector investments and advise Uganda Investment Authority and the private sector accordingly.

Key Functions

  • Policy formulation and reviews on matters related to agricultural extension.
  • Strengthen coordination of local government production departments, NGOs and private sector in provision of agricultural extension services.
  • Provide technical advice on agricultural extension and advisory services.
  • Setting standards for service delivery in local governments and private sector.
  • Quality assurance of agricultural extension services.
  • Support agricultural enterprise development nationally.
  • Provide information and communication services to MAAIF and local governments.
  • Strengthen inter-institutional linkages between research, educational and farmer institutions.
  • Promote agribusiness services and agricultural value chain development in close collaboration with the private sector.
  • Support farmer institutional development through capacity building programs.
  • Support skilling and manpower development in the agricultural sector.
  • Identify investment opportunities in the agricultural sector.

Departments in the Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services

Department of Extension and Skills Management

This department has 3 Divisions which include:

  • Division of Information and Communication.
  • Division of Skills Management.
  • Division of Agricultural Extension Coordination.

Department of Agricultural Investment and Enterprise Development

  • Division of Agribusiness Services.
  • Division of Primary Processing and Value Addition.