Uganda Comences Family Farming Year

advice geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The year 2014 was declared as such by the United Nations General Assembly; with an aim that it would become a tool to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based farmer families, viagra 60mg communal units, indigenous groups, cooperatives and fishing families.

In Uganda, the year was officially flagged off on Friday by Agriculture Animal industry and fisheries minister Hon Tress Bucyanayandi at Hotel Africana.

The minister described the UN moves as ‘on spot’, and immensely relevant to a country like Uganda whose economic structure principally depends on agriculture.

Moreover agriculture he said which accounts for over 70 percent of the country’s incomes is being supported mainly by rural women and children.

“The remaining 30 percent in the commercialization at this moment does not require as much attention as our peasantry household farmers. These are the key drivers of our transformation and they deserve to be appreciated,” he said.

He noted further that the impending challenges facing rural farming like mass migration of youths to urban centers, lack of improved seeds, implements and technology were what government is currently concentrating on to alleviate, as the country moves closer in the direction of Vision 2040

Speaking at the event, Food and Agricultural Organization [FAO] country representative Mr Jallow M. Alhaji echoed the ministers by noting that rural family farmers are part of the solution to the world free of hunger.

“When an appropriate environment is availed by government, through sorting such challenges as access to land, ineffective technologies and market access, these people’s effectiveness in ensuring food security has already been proven,” he said.

He noted that the effort behind the International Year of Family Farming was made from the perspective of effectively combating poverty and hunger and the search for a rural development based on the respect for environment and biodiversity.


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