Is agriculture benefiting from Uganda’s economic growth?

Harvard's Centre for International Development recently released its latest global growth projections, which lists Uganda as one of the economies to grow fastest by 2026. The report noted that with the fall in oil prices, growth leadership has shifted towards, more diversified economies like Uganda. Uganda is expected to grow by 7.9% annually until 2026… Continue reading Is agriculture benefiting from Uganda’s economic growth?

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Urban farming: An opportunity for the unemployed youth

Urban farming involves cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a town or city. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_agriculture This type of farming involves growing fruits, vegetables and rearing animals on small and well-planned plots of land. According to the latest statistics from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), an estimated 80,000 households are currently engaging in urban farming.… Continue reading Urban farming: An opportunity for the unemployed youth

Investments in rural farms will ensure future cities are fed

The number of people leaving rural areas for city suburbs is increasing by the day. Most believe that the "pastures are greener" on the other side, with chances of accessing better healthcare, education, and job opportunities. This has resulted in an influx of the city suburbs and an imbalance in demand for food vis-a-vis its… Continue reading Investments in rural farms will ensure future cities are fed

uganda: let’s delete the word ‘potential’ from our national dictionary

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ON Wednesday morning I jumped out of bed as a rainstorm raged on outside trying to make it difficult for the lazy-minded to leave their beds.
I could have done with a few extra minutes of sleep that morning but the night before I had said something on a radio talk show about how unjustified it was for most of us to sleep at all, given the amount of work we needed to do to develop Uganda.
The thought that someone could call me out for spending longer in bed than I had publicly said was necessary drove me to my desk, so I was watching the storm through the window over the top of my computer as I made my day’s plan, thinking how happy the farming community must be about this weather change.
Only three people these past two weeks have spoken to me about the rains having…

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Relevant research is important for prosperity of the agricultural sector.

We need to strengthen research for efficiently produced healthy food, while ensuring the availability of food at affordable prices. Finding out things like how much and how long it costs to produce a given crop, the available market say in a given region go a long way in ensuring that there's efficiency in production. With… Continue reading Relevant research is important for prosperity of the agricultural sector.

Mechanization: A kick-start to agricultural prosperity.

Inadequate agricultural mechanization is one of the biggest hindrances to transforming Uganda's agriculture from subsistence to commercial agriculture. The director of National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Dr. Godfrey Asea, recently said that 99.4% of small scale farmers in Uganda use rudimentary and obsolete technologies in agriculture, having tools like hand hoes, hand held axes,… Continue reading Mechanization: A kick-start to agricultural prosperity.

Low commercial agricultural levels are predominant in Uganda.

Close to 70% of Uganda's households, that is, approximately 7 out of every 10 households are not in the money economy. Many families still belong to the pre-capitalist mode of production where people do not produce for money but just for eating and social obligations. Therefore, despite the fact that majority of the people are… Continue reading Low commercial agricultural levels are predominant in Uganda.

Hindrances to the prosperity of the agricultural sector in Uganda.

Agriculture has been the back bone of Uganda's economy for ages. Recent statistics show that over 80% of Uganda's population is employed at some stage in the agricultural sector. However, the benefits and direct contribution to the economy are yet to be fully derived and enjoyed by the populous involved in this trade. While doing… Continue reading Hindrances to the prosperity of the agricultural sector in Uganda.

Agriculture: Could be a source of income for youth in Uganda.

Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda's economy with the majority (both crops and livestock) on small farms for food and cash income, and on fairly large farms including ranches. The major livestock species include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, and poultry. From an economic point view, cattle are the most important livestock with significant contributions,… Continue reading Agriculture: Could be a source of income for youth in Uganda.

An alternative to cereals as animal and fish feeds is imminent.

Cereals have for years, if not centuries been used as feeds for animals, fish and chicken. With the current shortage in production being a result of the prevalent drought especially in the tropical regions, it is imminent that a suitable alternative be found as soon as now. There should be a significant reduction in the… Continue reading An alternative to cereals as animal and fish feeds is imminent.