Uganda Hosts East Africa Agribusiness Congress

There is concern that the regions agri sector is not developing fast enough to meet market demands due to the lack of commercialisation, mechanisation and access to information.
26 Sep 2017 10:24
Modern and improved vegetbales seed on exhbition at a recent Agricultural exhbition held at the Parliamentray grounds in Kampala
Leading experts in crop research in East Africa are meeting in Uganda this week, to discuss the region's potential in agribusiness.

The two day meeting, also known as the Agribusiness Congress East Africa will bring together more than 1000 agri professionals and researchers to among others, offer free training and agronomy consultations to farmers.

Yolanda dos Santos, one of the organisers of the event, says that the Congress, to be held at the National Crop Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, will gather farmers, agricultural experts, industry bodies, government and local and global suppliers and service providers to find solutions to problems affecting the region's agricultural sector.

She adds that the East African agriculture sector, which represents 145.5 million consumers with a market valued at more than USD 147 billion, is not developing fast enough to meet market demands due to lack of commercialization, mechanization and access to information.

The Grain Council of Uganda (TGCU) Chairman, Chris Kaijuka says the Agribusiness Congress East Africa and live outdoor exhibition has become a vital component in the development of the East African agricultural sector by providing knowledge, developing marketing networks and displaying emerging technologies all in one location.

Kaijuka says for East Africa, and Uganda in particular, which has evolved into the new frontier for food and grain production and the continent's food basket, there is need to come together and take action to move the industry forward.

Kaijuka urges all industry players with a stake in agriculture to take advantage of what he called a golden opportunity to meet with suppliers, buyers and technocrats and contribute to the development debate.

The National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge which has been carrying out research on a range of crops is expected to be the leading exhibitor alongside 44 others from Uganda and East Africa.