Kampala — Uganda has been applauded for being ahead of the pack in regards to increasing agricultural productivity and meet food demand.
According to the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union (AU) Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, it is commendable that Uganda has formulated a credible Agriculture Sector Development Strategy and Investment Plan. This plan which is already under implementation aims at advancing the agricultural transformation agenda.
Tumusiime was speaking during a symposium closing held to celebrate 100 years of Dr. Norman Borlaug who died in 2009. Borlaug is the former president of the Sasakawa Africa Association and an eminent personality of agricultural research and development in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
It is estimated that between year 2010 and 2050, the global demand will increase by 60%. In sub-Sahara Africa alone, the demand for food is rising at an average 178% while in Uganda, the population is growing population at 3.5%. s
Tumusiime said Uganda’s food productivity is increasing by 2.65%. Some of the biggest challenges facing the sector in the country include declining soil fertility and lack of policies to ensure accessibility to affordable farm inputs.
“Uganda is one of the AU member states that have signed the Country Compact for the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), a framework for increasing agricultural production and productivity, improving food and nutrition security and eradicating poverty,” she said last week.