The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is implementing the Agricultural Cluster Development Project (ACDP) under which farmers will access input subsidies electronically.

To operationalize the electronic access to agriculture services by farmers, they will also be required to register through an electronic voucher (e-voucher) management system. This project supported by the World Bank, was officially launched by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday.

PM Rugunda registering as a farmer at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday (Photo by PMPU)

The project objective is to raise on-farm productivity and quality volumes of farm produce such as maize, beans, cassava, rice and coffee in particular geographical clusters.

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda hailed the Ministry of Agriculture for these two initiatives aimed at improving the agricultural sector in Uganda.

“I call upon all our farmer organizations, farmers and agro dealers to embrace these interventions. Let us all go out and register so that we don’t miss out on government interventions,” said Rugunda.

The project will be implemented in 42 districts across the Uganda grouped into 12 commodity clusters. A commodity cluster is an area covering on average of 2-3 districts with proven production potential for at least 2 of the selected commodities.

The Minister of Agriculture Vincent Sempijja said project implementation has kicked off in five pilot districts each with one commodity. The pilot districts are: Iganga (maize), Ntungamo (beans), Kalungu(Coffee), Amuru (Rice) and Nebbi (Cassava).

The e-Voucher programme will enhance availability and use of key agro inputs such as seeds, fertilizer and pesticides. Farmers will experience and learn the importance of utilizing the inputs to increase productivity.

The agricultural sector remains the backbone of Uganda’s economy employing over 80% of women and 63% of men.

 ENDS

Thursday, May 31, 2018