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Farmers Unaware of Registration Exercise

Government through the Ministry of Agriculture initiated the Agriculture Cluster Development Project. The project is aimed at registering farmers so as to suit the objective of transforming agriculture from being predominantly subsistence to commercial for food security in the country, increase household incomes and promoting exports.
09 Aug 2018 10:25
Some of the susbsistence farmers in the garden

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A section of farmers are ignorant of the registration exercise by the Ministry of Agriculture. 

Government through the Ministry of Agriculture initiated the Agriculture Cluster Development Project. The project is aimed at registering farmers so as to suit the objective of transforming agriculture from being predominantly subsistence to commercial for food security in the country, increase household incomes and promoting exports. 

In June, the Ministry started registering farmers in five pilot districts of Amuru, Iganga, Kalungu, Ntungamo and Nebbi where crops like maize, beans, coffee, rice and cassava will be grown.

Peter Ssenyanja, one of the model coffee farmers in Kalungu says, despite the inception of the project, few farmers have been registered. He explains that the number of farmers registering is limited yet the pilot registration project targets 150,000 people in the five districts.

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Amos Tumusiime, another farmer in Ntungamo says a few farmers have been registered due to the limited number of agricultural staff who are carrying out the exercise.

Kenneth Katungisa, the President of the Uganda National Farmers Federation-UNFF, says efforts are still on to create awareness about the registration exercise. He also indicated that although many farmers remain unaware of the pilot registration exercise, all farmers will be incorporated in the National exercise once it is rolled out. 

Patrick Luganda, a private agriculture consultant and a farmer in Iganga, says, although he has not been registered, his views have been represented by the others farmers who have been registered. 

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Wakabi Kasajja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, says that the registration exercise will help the ministry be able to plan for the farmers.

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Wakabi couldn't, however, reveal the number of farmers who have so far been registered since the inception of the project in June 2018.

Vincent Ssempijja, the Minister of Agriculture, says that well as the government is planning on the registration of farmers, preliminary research by the Ministry indicates that arable land is decreasing and government is advocating for better farming techniques that would allow farmers maximize the limited land they have.

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