- Localize Buy Uganda Build Uganda
- Streamline UNBS Certification process for agro-processors
- Reduce electricity tariffs for agro-industrial startups
- Increase budget allocation to the agriculture sector – honor the Maputo Declaration
Organized under the theme, “Sustainable Agro-Industrialization for Wealth Creation”, the Joint Agricultural Sector Annual Review for the western region was held in Kiryandongo District on the 13th October 2020. The event was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAIF) in collaboration with the Private Sector and Civil Society. JASAR is an annual headline event that aims to reflect on progress made on the National Development Plan. This year’s focus was on NDPII that is in effect coming to a close.
The Civil Society reflection was physically hosted in Fort Portal City and looped into the regional event via zoom conferencing. The CSO meeting was organized by Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) in collaboration with Food Rights Alliance (FRA) and the District Production and Marketing Department.
Across all sector players, it was observed that the cottage industry is growing and taking centre stage to achieve the NDPII’s aspiration of Agro-Industrialization and Wealth Creation. The youth drive and dynamism to participate in the agro-industrial revolution was recognized as key factor in offsetting unemployment and harness the country’s youthful human capital.
However, the investment climate is still bedeviled by factors such as high production costs due to high electricity tariffs, high taxes; bureaucratic stifling in UNBS quality certification processes, limited capitalization, among others. CSOs pledged to continually advocate for subsidies, and increased budgetary allocation to the sector to the measure of 10% as per the Maputo Declaration. CSOs also called upon government to localize the Buy Uganda Build Uganda campaign to initiate citizens into owning the process of nation building. Dr. Abigaba Salvatory, the Kabarole District Production and Marketing Officer encouraged farmers to diversify their farms, plan their enterprises to mitigate market shocks and distortions.
The event was attended by farmers, civil society and representatives of Kabarole District Local Government. A mini-exhibition was organized where farmers show-cased their products, including organic produce, banana juice and wine.