Uganda Could Feed the World – Irish Minister

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The Irish Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Joe McHugh says Ireland will explore ways of improving Ugandas agricultural sector, drawing from the successes Ireland has registered from being an agrarian society with similar characteristics with Uganda

The Irish Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Joe McHugh has said Uganda has the potential of feeding the world thanks to its apposite land.

McHugh said after flying to Karamoja in north-eastern Uganda and Adjumani district in northwestern Uganda that Ugandans are sitting on a goldmine which if utilized could not only transform the country but also feed the world.

He was speaking in a meeting with the Executive Director of Uganda Investment Authority Dr Frank Sebbowa  as part of his visit to Uganda, and the very first in Africa as Minister for the Diaspora and International Development.

McHugh said Ireland will explore ways of improving Uganda's agricultural sector, drawing from the successes Ireland has registered from being an agrarian society with similar characteristics with Uganda. Much of Uganda's land is suitable for agriculture, including in the arid Karamoja region with most of the world's food staples like rice, maize and wheat grown here.

He added that Ireland will also explore ways of sharing knowledge, skills, information and technology with Uganda, especially through the private sector.
 
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McHugh said that over the last few days, as he went around the country, he noticed the confidence Ugandans have in the future; a trait he said would propel the country. He added that such positive energy and confidence has the potential of turning Uganda into a food basket if channeled to production.
 
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The Director General of Irish Aid, Michael Gaffey, said Ireland's relationship with Uganda was initially defined by aid, a thing they want to change to partnership, trade and exchange of knowledge and ideas.

Dr Sebbowa said Irish support to Uganda over the years signifies great commitment to see increased trade and investment between the two countries. Ireland channels most of its development aid to Karamoja.
 
Meanwhile, Ireland has today launched a five-year strategic development plan for Uganda.
 
The plan, worth 85.5 million Euros (close to 320 billion Shillings), will target strategic areas like tourism, private sector development, agri-business, aviation, pharmaceuticals and human development, among others.

The Irish Ambassador to Uganda, Donal Cronin told Uganda Radio Network that emphasis will be put on how Uganda can learn from Ireland.
 
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David Rupiny
In his own words, David Rupiny says, "I am literally a self-trained journalist with over 12 years of experience. Add the formative, student days then I can trace my journalism roots to 1988 when as a fresher in Ordinary Level I used to report for The Giraffe News at St Aloysius College Nyapea in northern Uganda.


In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.


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