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Denmark To Help Agric Sector

by Wangah Wanyama
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By Prossy Nandudu

The Danish Embassy has set aside $95 (sh371b) to support Uganda’s agriculture sector to adapt to climate change and green technologies. This was revealed by the Danish Ambassador to Uganda Signe Winding Albjerg in a press conference, to announce the arrival of the Danish Agriculture Food Council that will connect with Ugandans during the 3rd EU Uganda Business summit that kicks off on Tuesday at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Albjerg, who was addressing the press on Monday said that the money is part of the Embassy’s development cooperative program, focusing on three major areas. Areas where the money will go according to Albjerg include helping farmers adapt to climate smart agriculture and Green Climate Technologies.

Under this component, she explained that the money will go mainly to organizations and Institutions such as Abi Development Finance that will do onward lending and capacity building of small-scale holder farmers to increase productivity. Other resources will go towards mobilizing climate finance for Uganda from other sources.

The third component will go towards the promotion of accountability and civic engagements as part of the embassy’s development cooperation agenda in Uganda.

Danish Ambasodor to Uganda (left) and Head of the Danish Agriculture Food Council Jeppe Sondergaard Pedersen while addressing the press on Monday

One of the climate smart farming technologies to be introduced to farmers is how to increase productivity of for example a dairy sustainability while minimizing its impact on the environment, added Jeppe Sondergarrd Pedersen, the head of  the Danish Agriculture Food Council.“

For example in dairy farming, we shall be promoting feed formulas where an animal consumes less but produces more because dairy production is one of the most heavy emitters of greenhouse gas emissions within the Agriculture sector,” Pedersen added.

Pedersen and the team are part of the Danish delegation that will meet Ugandan companies and farmers interested in partnering with Danish to increase production, share skills, technologies among others in the agriculture sector. Seven Danish companies in the Agriculture space are already in Uganda for the EU-Uganda Business Summit that kicks off on the 5th of March at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Representatives of some Danish Companies looking for partnerships in Uganda at the Danish Embassy on Monday

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