B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Uganda has often been described as a beautiful country that is also endowed with fertile soils and two rain seasons every year.
About 75 per cent of households are engaged in agriculture and nearly an equal percentage of our exports are drawn from agriculture.
Yet, ironically, we don’t commit even 10 per cent of our national budget to the sector and, therefore, we cannot claim to view it as a national priority with the potential to transform the economy into a medium income status by 2020 as our set goal dictates.
Farming is faced with big challenges today including climate change and one of the technologies we need to focus on is irrigation – perhaps the world’s oldest agricultural innovation. Read more