New regional policy in Uganda to boost agricultural production

A new regional policy on agricultural and trade policy reforms will boost trade among member states in Uganda. This is according to the Executive Director of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (Asareca), Mr. Enock Warinda

Mr Warinda made the remarks yesterday during the opening of a dialogue between the 11 member states on the new regional policy which, according to him, will be ready in a month.

“The reforms will focus on standardizing some of the products traded in the East and Central Africa region. We want to increase trade, accessibility of farmers and practitioners to the market inside and outside their country,” he said.

“We have already developed a framework. We believe that this dialogue will enrich, that we will be ready with the project and will share it with a caucus of professionals who will analyze it to ensure that it is adapted to each country, then transmit it to the regional level”, a- he added. .

Operational capacity

Mr. Warinda said the regional policy aims to have a broader market base for commodities and trade.

“We will come up with a good roadmap on how to increase trade, market accessibility and standardization of our products in the region,” he said.

The Program Officer in charge of Policy at Asareca, Ms. Julian Barungi, said the policy framework will be rolled out under the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program-Project Expilar IV (CAADP Project-XP4).

“We want to enable agricultural research and innovation, including extension services, to contribute effectively to food and nutrition security, economic development and climate change mitigation in Africa,” he said. she stated.

Ms. Barungi said the policy framework will strengthen the operational capacity of Asareca and its sub-regional partner organizations by improving collaboration among national, sub-regional and continental agricultural research and extension organizations.

The Director General of Agriculture, Food and Security Learning in the Government of South Sudan, Mr. John Pangech, said the reform policy will help address the challenges faced by countries in the agricultural sector.

“There is a decline in agricultural performance in our country. Farmers have low rotations, a lack of technologies and a lack of market opportunities, among other problems that we face and that we hope the policy will solve,” he said.

Asareca member states include Burundi, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

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