FAO Seeks to Boost Uganda's Agricultural Production

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FAO's Representative in Uganda Alhaji Jallow said the funds will be invested in addressing the challenges of poverty, food insecurity and climate change. It will also cover forestry and fisheries commodities, resilience of communities to livelihood threats and farmer education.

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has committed 3 billion Shillings to increase agricultural production in Uganda over the next 5 years.

FAO's Representative in Uganda Alhaji Jallow said the funds will be invested in addressing the challenges of poverty, food insecurity and climate change. It will also cover forestry and fisheries commodities,   resilience of communities to livelihood threats and farmer education.

Jallow was speaking after signing the Country Programming Framework (CPF) for Uganda at Entebbe yesterday.  He said the document will form the basis for strategic cooperation between FAO and Uganda from 2015 to 2019.

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Agriculture Minister Tress Bucyanayandi said with this new partnership, government will focus on improving its extension services across the country.

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The agricultural sector has been grappling with low budgetary allocations, in spite of government being signatory to the Maputo Declaration, which calls for a 10% budget towards the sector.

In the 2015/2016 budget, government has proposed allocation of 417 billion Shillings to fund the sector. This is a reduction of 56 billion Shillings compared to the 473 billion Shillings allocation made in financial year 2013/2014. The figure represents less than 5% of the national budget.

The Ministry's Permanent Secretary, Vincent Rubarema said funds that should be initially allocated through the ministry of agriculture have been channeled through other departments.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.