Laban Musinguzi, the Executive Director of Agro Fresh Uganda, says that government needs to invest in training of youths on better farming practices to ensure good farm to harvest practices and also fund their investments in agriculture.
The economy was recovering from the effects of the March-to-June 2020 lockdown, with both the Bank of Uganda and the private sector reporting revived activity, despite some sectors remaining under lock.
Henry Musasizi, the State Minister for Finance revealed the figures while appearing before a joint meeting of the Public Accounts and the Local Government committees of Parliament which is reviewing a list of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 cash, which was tabled before parliament by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja last month.
At the time, many of the traders were not given chance to remove their merchandise from the outlets, as landlords kept them under lock and key. But as the President lifted the lockdown last week, landlords added additional padlocks for those with rent arrears denying them access to the shops.
The Minister; Betty Amongi appeared before a joint committee comprising both the Public Accounts and the Local Government committees last evening to respond to queries about the list of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 cash, which was tabled before parliament by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja last month.
URN reporters visited several parks that include the New taxi park, Usafi, Namayiba and Kisenyi parks and observed that there is strict enforcement of the SOPs among operators. Handwashing facilities have been placed at most entrances and there are people enforcing hand washing and wearing of masks.
A pilot project had been launched in 2017 to help tea plantation farms move from an ‘airdrop’ system of moving bulk money, to electronic cash, but this was disrupted by the introduction of the tax on mobile money. PHB and the UN agency had seen how difficult it was to transfer cash from a bank through to the pockets of the 14,000 farmers, twice every month as salary, using the airdrop method.
The ‘Electronic Know You Customer’ (eKYC) platform allows the banks to access the data bank at the National Identification Regulatory Authority (NIRA), as a way of verifying the authenticity of the data presented by the customer.
According to a survey by the Financial Sector Deepening Uganda, there are many Ugandans who have refused to embrace digital or non-physical contact transactions, unsure of the safety of their money.
Forensics and cyber security expert, Mustapha Mugisa says the industry players have an advantage that they have to be ahead of the game, while the criminals keep studying the developments, for loopholes to strike. The damage inflicted on the global economy will amount to US$ 6 trillion this year, and could reach US$ 10.5 trillion annually by 2025, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, a global researcher in cybercrime.
In grief, Alice Kerum, 48 year-old mother of the deceased residing in Kifumbira zone, narrates that at around 7:00 pm her daughter moved out of the house but shortly after, she was shocked by the news of her daughter who had not sick, being dead.
Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said one of the injured victims is in critical condition at Kiruddu National Referral Hospital while others are admitted at Mulago Hospital.
An acceleration in scaling up manufacturing and sharing enough vaccine doses with low-income countries could have added USD 38 billion to their GDP forecast for 2021 if they had similar vaccination rates as high-income countries, according to the data.
In a public notice, USE Chief Executive Officer, Paul Bwiso said trading in Uchumi’s shares and the listing of its shares on the bourse had been suspended, until the company meets all the requirements.