By Rogers Atukunda
Hon Frank Tumwebaze has said the ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is yet to develop the agriculture master plan which will be presented to cabinet.
He was speaking Thursday at the retreat for Agricultural sector MDAs to think and act on how to implement the industrialization policy as in the NDP 3.
The retreat was opened by Rt Hon. Rukia Nakadama, 3rd Deputy Prime Minister who represented the Vice President H.E. Jesca Alupo (Rtd).
“When we are talking about agriculture we touching our peoples lives because many are making a leaving out of it,” said Alupo in the speech read by Hon Nakadama.
“When we talk about value addition and communication many people are failling to produce because the people who touch base with them are not communicating rightly.”
She added: “Agriculture in all forms is key. If well coordinated the sector can be transformed generally rough training among other viable strategies.”
Hon Andoa Christine said for Uganda to push the factor of unemployment, efforts in agriculture must double.
Tumwebaze, the Minister of Agriculture, dissected policies and programs in enterprise, production, post harvest handling, agro-processing and value addition.
He said the monies should fire directly at the targets to harmonise the thinking of all the MAAIF agencies and also understand what the ministry is doing.
“We want to do agricultural education instead of extension farmers who will be delivering the knowledge to the farmers.”
He said this will design the how what and who to deliver among the stakeholders where there will be dialogue with ministry of trade among others.
The team will scan through its budget to answer the alignment issues and if any deficits are realised the minister will deliver the need to parliament and government for more funding.
The minister also does not agree with the existence of cooperatives and he says Ugandans have killed that system by not producing the common interest goods.
The minister also said that MAAIF will work hand in hand with Ministry of Water and Environment to ensure that viable agricultural activities are implemented to protect the ecosystem for example fish ponds should atleast not be established in the wetlands.
In attendance were four ministers, commissioners, acting directors and heads of all parastatals.