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Denmark To Support  Agriculture With Sh340b    

by Wangah Wanyama
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By  Jovita Mirembe

The Danish Embassy   will support  the Agricultural sector in Uganda with sh340 billion the Ambassador to Uganda has said.

Signe Winding  Albjerg  said   this will be a five year project which will start  next year to  address  climate change and  productivity  in the agricultural sector to  produce a thrilling  resilient  agricultural  food system , increased economic  opportunities, a heathier and  more resilient  environment in Uganda.

She was officiating at the  International Organic Farmer Family Agriculture(FFLG) conference that took place at Grand Global Hotel Makerere  14  November  2023.

Albjerg said   a climate  resilient  Uganda  is one  that is better equipped to mitigate the effects  of extreme weather  events and prolonged droughts to ensure  that the  agricultural sector and those who depend on it  thrive.

Thaddeo Tibasiima , Director  Kilimo Organic Farmer Learning Centre (KOFLEC)  asked  farmers to adopt   growing organic crops  which are favorable to the climate and soils  in their  regions  because they will spend less during production.

He said that Organic farming is a production system that largely excludes the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and  growth regulators.

Farmers who attended the organic family conference. Photo by Jovita Mirembe

‘We are encouraging farmers to  practice  organic farming  because natural fertilizers are used instead of   practicing Inorganic farming  because it helps the farmer to grow crops on the land for over 20 years or more  without getting soil degrade  over time  as a result of the use of artificial pesticides  hence the soil  becoming  infertile due to exploitation’ Tibasiima said. 

He added that organic  production  gives a farmer a variety of seeds from maize, beans, ground nuts  from their harvests which can be replanted  and local eggs from local chicken   which are not contaminated with chemicals. 

Albert  Kakande  one of the organic farmers who attended the conference   said that  organic farming is good because  it  reduces non-renewable energy use by decreasing agrochemical needs.

He adds that agrochemicals  require high quantities of remnant fuel to be produced and  Organic agriculture contributes to mitigating the greenhouse effect and global warming through its ability to confiscate carbon in the soil.

The conference was attended by over 100   farmers who came from  Uganda, Kenya , Zanzibar, Tanzania and   Denmark who displayed  their organic   products   that were  toured by  Signe Winding  Albjerg   Danish Ambassador to Uganda. 

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