Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has directed the Ministry of Agriculture to avail comprehensive accountability for 32.2 billion Shillings used to recruit agricultural extension workers in financial year 2017/2018.
The research will involve investigating the probable influence of this temperature limit on crop production and water needs including the influence on rainfall, humidity, winds and cloudiness over Uganda.
Today, close to 80 of the households in the country are involved in agriculture and going by Financial Year 2016/17 the sector contributed 24.9 of the national GDP and 72.9 of the total national export earnings.
Pacifici said EUs intention is to narrow the gap and ensure long lasting peace and security in the region. He said Agriculture specifically deserves more attention since despite the potential; it has not helped to reduce food security.
Parliaments Agriculture committee has recommended that government puts in place a legal framework for implementing the Operation Wealth Creation OWC programme. In its report to parliament the committee identified a number of hindrances including a mismatch in priorities, lack of extension services and poor conduct of staff that are preventing the full realisation of the objectives of OWC.
Francis Kamulegeya, the Country Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Uganda outlines improved accessibility to markets and social services, reduced transport costs, increased production, improved trade, industrial growth and job creation as some of the priorities the budget should focus on.
Parliaments Agriculture Committee wants the distribution of seedlings under Operation Wealth Creation OWC stopped. The legislators, who were recently on a fact-finding mission in several districts, say the government may not be receiving value for money in distribution of coffee, citrus, tea and other seedlings.
A source at Ministry told Uganda Radio Network that National Agriculture Research Organisation NARO has successfully tested the pesticides on gardens in Kakiri, Wakiso district, and found that they could control the fall army worms by about 70 if properly applied.
The lack of social protection remains the major missing link in the fight against hunger in Uganda. Ahead of World Food Day, stakeholders remind government and people that hunger remains a social problem that requires collective effort.
Ugandaâ€™s delay to enact a law regulating the application of genetically modified organisms is likely to have more disastrous effects on humans and the environment. Erostus Nsubuga, the proprietor of Agrobiotech Laboratories Ltd, says more research firms in biotechnology are targeting Uganda at a time when the sector is not well guarded.