Farm Clinic heads to northern region


Kampala. The Seeds of Gold farm clinic will be heading to Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute in Lira, northern Uganda, on Saturday.
The one-day clinic will focus on educating farmers on adapting to climate change-induced disasters. The managing director Nation Media Group – Uganda, Mr Tony Glencross, said in order to promote competitive private sector agribusiness development and enhance wealth creation, farmers need to be educated on climate-smart farming.

“To enhance wealth creation in Uganda, there needs to be provision of practical information and knowledge to bridge the gap on production and productivity in the various value chains,” Mr Glencross told journalists in Kampala yesterday.
Speaking at the same briefing, Dr Frank Laban Turyagenda, the director National Agriculture Research Institute, said northern Uganda still faces problems of climate change.
“On that day, we shall train farmers on how they can continue with diary, maize, rice, cassava, and citrus farming, among others, regardless of the climate disasters,” he said.

Dr Laban said other agricultural aspects to be focused on include post –harvest handling, value addition, sustainable land management, agribusiness aspects in economics as well as how to deal with limited markets, and access to credit facilities.
Ms Rosette Bawine, the head of marketing Bank of Uganda, called on farmers to take agriculture as a business that needs to be taken care of rather than just the rearing of animals and growing of crops.

Five Seeds of Gold farm clinics have been planned for 2018, with three already concluded in Mbarara in western Uganda, Hoima in Mid-western Uganda, and in Kampala, central Uganda.
Mr Glencross said they will continue to inform and educate the public on how to improve agriculture using several channels, including through Seeds of Gold magazine, which is published in Saturday Monitor.

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