The government of Uganda is being urged to utilize the recently increased budget to agriculture to support smallholder farmers.
Oskar Semweya Musoke, one of the founding Member of KIGO Thinkertold was speaking to Journalist during a public debate on Uganda’s National Budgetary Allocation to Agriculture where he said that without supporting the peasants in adopting modern means of agricultural production, chances are slim that the country will meet the projected economic growth of 5.5% in the financial year 2016/2017 will not be achieved.
“Poverty is still manifesting especially in the farming communities in the rural areas. Although they have tried to embrace some government programmes such as Operation wealth Creation, there’s nothing much which has come out because farmers are still using traditional means of production that affects the quality and quantity of yields from the sector.” he said.
Some of the interventions where government should spend the sector’s budget in this financial year should include procuring tractors for the farmers; improve on the distribution chain for farming inputs such as fertilizers and seeds.
Musoke said accessing quality farming inputs by the smallholder farmers in the country is still a big challenge yet the country is facing the problem of climate change.
However, Morris Rwakakamba, President Museveni,s Advisor on Research, says government is already injecting in huge amounts of Investment in the sector and this explains why poverty levels are declining at the grassroots andagricultural exports like coffee going up.