FAO Asks Gov’t to Mechanize Agricultural Sector to Boost Food Productivity

By our Reporter.
The Food and Agricultural Organization-FAO representative to Uganda, Antonio Querido has asked government to increase agricultural incentives in order to boost food production.

Querido said that government should promote mechanization so as to increase output. He says that farmers in Uganda largely use rudimentary methods to farm yet use of machines not only reduces workload but increases production.

According to a 2010 study by the Uganda Bureau of Standards (UBOS), 95.8% of 3.6 million Ugandans used hoes for gardening.

Querido adds that Uganda should also promote the use of irrigation so as to minimize on dependence on rainfall.

In 2016, Uganda experienced a dry spell that affected several farmers whose crops and livestock were destroyed.

According to Querido, Uganda needs to exploit its natural resources by harvesting water available and using it to boost agriculture.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Vincent Bamulangakyi Ssempijja said government is working hard to increase food productivity.

He said that government will buy more tractors and other equipment like combine harvesters, irrigation tools among others.

Ssempijja also adds that government will improve accessibility of quality agricultural inputs like fertilizers, which will be subsidized.

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