Uganda has officially launched a climate-smart agricultural transformation project valued at Shs1.3 trillion.
The initiative aims to boost the value chain across smallholder, medium, and large-scale farmers in 69 districts throughout the country.
Minister for Agriculture, Frank Tumwebaze, announced the launch, highlighting that the six-year project secured funding from the International Development Association of the World Bank.
He emphasized that the implementation would be a collaborative effort with sister agencies, including the National Agriculture Research Organization.
Tumwebaze stressed the importance of empowering large-scale farmers with agriculture machines to support smallholder farmers in the selected districts.
However, he cautioned against the recruitment of ghost beneficiary groups, underlining the need for transparency and accountability in the project’s execution.
“We need to empower large-scale farmers with agriculture machines so that they are able to support smallholder farmers,” Tumwebaze explained
The Minister issued a stern warning to Resident District Commissioners and Chief Administrative Officers in the selected districts, urging them to refrain from politicizing the project.
Instead, Tumwebaze encouraged the utilization of local media outlets to popularize the initiative, ensuring that it reaches and benefits farmers across the targeted regions.
“We don’t want any politicization of this project. Use local media to popularize it,” Tumwebaze emphasized.
To achieve the project’s goals, Tumwebaze revealed plans to rehabilitate all dilapidated and dormant agriculture research stations.
This strategic move aims to provide beneficiary districts with the necessary infrastructure to fully benefit from the climate-smart agricultural transformation scheme.
The Permanent Secretary, Maj. Gen. David Kashura, hailed the project as a unique and game-changing initiative.
He expressed confidence in the technical team’s commitment to ensuring the effective implementation of the project, emphasizing its potential to address value chain issues and bring about transformative changes in the agricultural sector.
“This project is a unique one and a game-changer that will deal with the value chain,” Maj. Gen. Kashura affirmed.
As Uganda takes this significant step towards sustainable and climate-smart agriculture, the success of the project holds promise for advancing the agricultural landscape and uplifting the livelihoods of farmers across the nation.