Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries (MAAIF) weekly news roundup

UMFSNP rolls out calendar for successful crop farming
The crop-farming subsector employs more than 60 per cent of Ugandans. However, the move from subsistence to commercial crop-farming has been greatly hampered by poor yields as a result of planting
seeds that are not nutritious as well as misinformation.
Robust plans for Uganda
Uganda may be Africa’s largest coffee exporter, but with an ambitious plan to increase its production and quality, the country is not stopping there.
UCDA rolls out coffee handbooks to guide farmers and investors
Government of Uganda has been pushing for the export of 20m bags of coffee per annum and has in the process boosted
the coffee sub-sector. As the demand for good quality coffee is increases, many entrepreneurs and young people are looking at coffee as a viable investment option.
Government to increase funding in value addition
Vincent Ssempijja, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has assured farmers in West Nile districts of Pakwach and Nebbi that government is going to inject more money in value addition purposely to create employment for youths. The minister was touring the region to assess the progress of farmers supported by the Agriculture Cluster Development Project.
New abattoir to export Ugandan beef to China
Back in 2017 when Vincent Ssempijja, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, travelled to Beijing for the China Africa Business
forum, he lobbied the Chinese business community to tap into the livestock opportunities in Uganda.
Agricultural mechanization boosts export earnings by 20%
Investment in irrigation schemes is the driving force behind the tremendous increase in Uganda’s export earning, a new status report by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has revealed.
Gov’t to vaccinate livestock for foot and mouth disease 
Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, has procured 2.4m doses of foot and mouth disease vaccine for farmers in a bid to eradicate the livestock malady from the country.
ACME skills MAAIF leadership in communication
It is an open secret that there is information gap between government interventions
to alleviate poverty and the public, which sometimes reduces the intended impact due to the unrecognized effort.
Kasolwe Farm Success Story 
To succeed in poultry, understanding the best farming methods is more important than level of investment. This was the overall impression after last week’s media tour of Kasolwe stock farm in Kamuli.
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