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Gov’t, WFP Push for Improved Post Harvest Handling Practices

Tom Butime, the Minister of Local Government says that the partnership is aimed at ensuring that farmers increase their yields and proceeds from their labour.
13 Mar 2019 10:54

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The government and the World Food Programme-WFP have partnered to address post-harvest losses that affect agricultural production.

Tom Butime, the Minister of Local Government says that the partnership is aimed at ensuring that farmers increase their yields and proceeds from their labour.

Butime was on Tuesday speaking at a meeting for refugee host districts in Western Uganda at Mbarara University of science and Technology –MUST Kihumuro campus. 

Butime revealed that while over 70% of the population is employed in Agriculture, the sector currently contributes 26% to the country’s economy. Butime says that farmers' production ability continues to be hampered by a number of challenges such as poor post-harvest handling, soil exhaustion resulting from erosion and over-cultivation as well as use of old farming practices.

He says that the move to re-introduce agriculture extension workers, encouraging farmers to embrace irrigation and use of fertilizers will help in improving productivity and the quality of the produce.  

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The WFP Country Director for Uganda El-Khidir Daloum noted that Uganda has the potential to feed over 200 million people once the potential of the farmers and the country is put to good use.

 

El-Khidir revealed that Uganda is endowed with natural resources as good soils which once supported with the right seeds and raising the bar in as far as modern agriculture is concerned has the capacity to feed millions and have surplus for export.  

He revealed that this will make life more comfortable for Ugandans and the people that are hosted by Ugandans by addressing the effects of climate change. 

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The MUST Deputy Vice Chancellor in- charge of academics Prof. Dickson Kamukama revealed that among other issues, the partnership seeks to address challenges of malnutrition that remain a great challenge to the country.

According to the Uganda Demographic and healthy survey 2016, Malnutrition continues to be a challenge in the western region despite the area being a food basket. 

In Ankole, 29.3 % of the children are malnourished, Tooro is at 40.6%, Kigezi at 30.8% and Bunyoro at 34.5%. All these areas are above the national rate which is at 24%.

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