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Biotech crops can save Africa’s food shortage

Kampala, Uganda | Isaac Khisa | Biotech crops can effectively contribute to addressing food security and mitigating climate change challenges in Africa, according to Dr. Sylvester Oikeh, TELA Project Manager at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation. Dr. Oikeh, who was speaking during the Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA’s) Fourth African …

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Bankers criticized for not assisting agricultural sector

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Commercial banks and government have been criticized for not putting much emphasis on developing the agriculture sector. Dr James Kanyije, the executive director of KK Foods Limited said on Thursday that bankers had let farmers down by classifying the sector as risky. He said …

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Services, wholesale and retail sectors gain

As COVID-19 lockdown measures hit agriculture, construction and industry Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | For the first time since February, the headline Stanbic Bank Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) crossed into positive territory recording a reading of 50.3 during July, up from 46.5 in June. This is a significant recovery …

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Farmers in Lwengo get UGX 280m resource centre

Lwengo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Buddu Agricultural Farmers Association-BAFFA which operates in Lwengo district has secured a resource centre to improve agricultural productivity in the area. The centre worth 280 million shillings was obtained through a partnership with the Uganda Communication Commission- UCC, to support farmers get updated information …

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Germany gives Uganda UGX 254b for energy, agriculture and governance

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The Germany government has committed to spending over two hundred and fifty-three billion shillings (EUR 58.4 million) to finance access to renewable energy, agriculture and rural development in Uganda. The money will also help in the area of good governance and human rights.  The German Embassy …

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UN launches US$15M program to digitalize innovation in agriculture

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | UN through the United Nations Capital development Fund-UNCDF have rolled out a five-year program for promoting digital innovation with the aim of addressing challenges within the agricultural sector especially in rural areas. The US$ 15-million program is funded by Sweden, a UN member country …

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Coronavirus causing short- and long-term “uncertainty” in food chains: FAO report

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | The global coronavirus outbreak is causing “unprecedented uncertainty” in the world’s food supply chains, according to a report released Thursday by the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The “Agriculture Outlook 2020-2029” report, produced by FAO and the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation …

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Matooke prices crash, Ankole farmers frustrated

Mbarara, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A drastic decline in prices of Matooke has frustrated farmers from parts of Ankole, one of the biggest producers of Matooke both a cash and food crop. Matooke production has over the years transformed livelihoods across the region, with more people depending on the food …

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Covid-19 presents agriculture sector opportunities

Kampala, Uganda | Julius Businge | The worldwide spread of coronavirus pandemic is exposing opportunities for agriculture sector in schools and beyond, experts in this field say. Speaking at a virtual meeting organized by Uganda Agribusiness Alliance (UAA) and Agri-Food Systems Education Network on July 3, Victoria Sekitoleko, the former minister …

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