Government calls for investment in seeds

Monday June 10 2013

By MARTIN LUTHER OKETCH

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has recommended that more investment in improved seeds be made as 80 per cent of Ugandans have no accesses to the improved seeds.
Speaking during a National Forum on Agriculture and Food Security on the theme “Unlocking the Export Potential of Uganda’s Agricultural Sector” held in Kampala last week, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Tress Bucyanayandi, said the government needed to do a lot of investment to make improved seeds available to farmers.

Officials in the ministry say increased provision of improved seeds would lead to increased agricultural productivity which is currently low. This has been blamed on poor seeds, lack of technologies, low investment in agriculture soil infertility among others.

Mr Bucyanayandi said in an effort to provide improved seeds to farmers, 25 companies have been registered to provide seeds in the country, saying agriculture is the cornerstone of economic development in Uganda.
The minister explained that the sector’s contribution to Uganda’s export revenue is significant though not well documented.

Dr Sarah Ssenwanyana, the executive director of Economic Policy Research Centre, said government policies in increasing agricultural productivity is inadequate and needs to be addressed. However, Mr Bucyanayandi said it is not lack of policy, but lack of technology to provide inputs.

moketch@ug.nationmedia.com

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