Agriculture Ministry Pushes for Adoption of Quality Seeds

An exhibitor showcasing some of her products to students taa the trade show

The Director for Crop Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), more about Mr. Okaasai Opolot has said that the quality seed that has been certified by the Ministry is clearly branded.

Opolot made the remarks while addressing journalists at the Jinja Agriculture trade exhibition, on Thursday July 14th.

“Quality seed comes in two categories. The certified seed that is produced and marketed by seed companies bears a blue tamper proof label. We also have Quality Declared seed marked with a green label. This is quality seed produced by farmers groups for sale to farmers within their communities. The production process of both categories of seed is closely inspected and certified by MAAIF.” Said Opolot.

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MAAIF working in collaboration with Uganda Seed Traders Association (USTA) and Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) launched a nationwide campaign to create awareness and influence adoption of quality seed by both subsistence and commercial farmers in Uganda.

The campaign dubbed “Golden Harvest” has been designed with a promise to farmers to “Celebrate greater yields” only if they plant quality seed.

The Campaign was officially unveiled by President Yoweri Museveni during the opening of the Annual Agricultural Trade Fair in Jinja.

The campaign involved information dissemination through radio messages and community engagements at the grass root level. The target audiences of the campaign are the rural subsistence and semi-commercial farmers in Uganda.

In his brief remarks, the Deputy Chief of Party of Integrated Seed Sector Development Project, Patrick Oyee noted that they are supporting the popularization of quality seed in order to increase agricultural productivity so as to improve food security at the household level.

Mr. Oyee emphasized that the ISSD program recognizes the importance of all systems in Uganda and will continue to give support to promote both the availability and use of quality seed in Uganda.

“Ours is a long term strategy aimed at availing quality seed for every farmer by supporting all the seed systems in Uganda. We have vibrant partnerships with NARO in in their ZARDIs in Lira, Mbarara and Arua in West Nile in order to translate the scientific work done there into meaningful benefits for the actual farmers” He said.

the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries; Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempija revealed that many stakeholders in the agricultural sector in Uganda mention the limited availability of access to quality seed as one of the main obstacles for increasing production and productivity levels.

As such the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is supporting GOU in the development of a vibrant seed sector, through the Integrated Seed Sector Development Programmed (ISSD).

The programme is coordinated by Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), and implemented by Wageningen UR Uganda, in partnership with NARO.


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