Experts: Uganda On Verge Of Severe Food Crisis

visit geneva; font-size: small;”>Experts reveal that all signs emanating from agricultural studies and Uganda’s demographic trends point to a serious food shortage in the next 4 to 5 years.

The doom was spelt by the Presidential Investor Round Table (PIRT) Chairman of the Agriculture sector Technical Working Group, which is one of the three key sectors on the team.

Overseen by president Yoweri Museveni, PIRT was established to look into intervention areas in three key sectors of Oil and Gas, ICT and Agriculture; and recommend to the president the critical enabling policies and interventions that could faster spur growth and improve business operating conditions in the segments.

The 3 sectors were selected on the basis that they all have the potential to drive forward Uganda‘s social economic development.

The team is currently on its fourth round of deliberations, the first three having been conducted over the last three years.

Speaking to Chimpreports on Monday, Mr. Mahmood Hudda who chairs the Agriculture Transformation Technical Working Group on PIRT, talked of a serious s danger faced by Uganda’s food basket in the near future.

“We have identified in Uganda several areas critical of food security, which among others include coffee wilt and banana wilt which are still a major challenge to the country,” said Hudda.

“We are afraid that at this rate if nothing is done to address these areas critical of food security today, we believe that in the next 4-5 years, we will have a serious problem in providing food at an affordable rate to the population.”

The revelations come high on the heels of reports that Karamoja is facing a dire food crisis, with many dying of hunger and malnutrition.

He said that their second concern in Uganda is failure to improve agricultural production through the use of fertilizers and chemicals to expand yield in small, medium and large farms.

“Many sectors in agriculture are not yielding as much as is the case in Uganda’s neighboring competitors,” he said.

“We carried out extensive research in Zambia and South Africa, and found out that they produced up to 10 tons of maize in every 1 hectare. In Uganda today we would be lucky to get 2-3 tones.”

Hudda highlighted other imperative intervention such as enhancements of water management and modern irrigation techniques to improve yield in various agricultural sectors.

He also recommended strengthening the training sector in agriculture to entail the youths especially university and other tertiary institution graduates.

“We are trying to find ways of encouraging youths entrepreneurs to join agriculture because it is largely lucrative,” he said.

“Our agriculturalists out there with degrees, diplomas and certificates should also be acquainted with some sense of knowledge in business.”


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