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UGANDA'S PRIME MINISTER ADDRESSES THE 6TH GERMAN-AFRICAN AGRIBUSINESS FORUM

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020
Rt. Hon. Gen. Al Hajji Moses Ali makes his keynote speech at the 6th German-African Agribusiness Forum
Rt. Hon. Gen. Al Hajji Moses Ali, First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament, has given a keynote address, as the Guest of Honour, at the 6th German-African Agribusiness Forum that took place on 20th January 2020, at the Ellington Hotel, Berlin. The Forum whose theme was "Driving private sector engagement for Africa's Agriculture," was organised by the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein) and the German Agribusiness Alliance. The Forum was held in the course of the 85th International Green Week, under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

The Forum, which was officially opened by Federal Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Julia Klockner, attracted the participation of the Agriculture Ministers from Ethiopia, Benin, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda as well as high-ranking representatives of the AU Commission, the East African Community (EAC) and the Pan African Farmer's Organization.

Rt. Hon. Ali, in his address, praised the Forum for reflecting on the international solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. He said that the objectives of the Forum were well thought out and were in line with the Uganda Government's Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan (ASSP) which is fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP II) and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) that puts emphasis on increasing agriculture production and productivity, market access and creating a favourable legal, policy and institutional framework for the operation of both the public and private sectors in agriculture.

He said that the transformation of agriculture largely depends on the proper approach to the value chain development and considering the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders along the value chain.

"In Uganda, our commitment is to enable all households to earn at least USD 5,000 per annum as a combination from the agricultural sector and other economic enterprises. In this way, we shall eliminate hunger, poverty; and stabilize food and nutrition security. We already have success stories which demonstrate that this is achievable," he said.

"We must teach our people to improve production and productivity per unit area by providing them with extension services, improved seeds and planting materials, stocking materials for livestock, agricultural inputs and control plant and animal diseases."

Rt. Hon. Ali called for investment in research for development of high yielding, pest and disease resistant seed, planting materials, and animal breeds so as to increase productivity.

He said the Uganda Government continues to support scientists so that they can to generate technologies suitable for farmers.

He added that farmers should be taught how to use organic manures and fertilizers, agro-forestry and other methods that increase their income as well as protect land and wetlands from being degraded. The problem of land fragmentation and land degradation must be addressed as this affects production and productivity.

He pointed out the need to emphasize value addition so as to increase on the export revenue, and incomes of the farmers.

He ended by interesting the participants about the excellent trade and investment opportunities that do exist in the Uganda, especially in the Agriculture Sector.

Uganda's delegation to the Forum included among others, Hon. Grace F. Kwiyucwiny, Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister (in Charge of Northern Uganda), Prince Edward Kimbugwe, Mr. Charles Muwonge (Office of the President), Mr. Michael Bwesigye (Prime Minister's Office) and Mr. Fred Moses Mukhooli (Uganda Embassy, Berlin).

Source: Public Diplomacy Desk, Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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