The Agriculture sector is considered as the backbone of Uganda’s economy.
This is because the sector employs the largest number of Ugandans especially women and a reasonable percentage of the youth.
According to Agricultural Economists, the Sector is not performing well due to the fact that it is over-challenged by many problems ranging from harsh weather conditions, players over depending on traditional agriculture means of practising etc.
Uganda Government initiated many programs such as the operation wealth creation, National Agricultural Advisory services to ensure that Ugandan farmers are supported.
Such interventions by the government have seen the sector’s productivity level going up especially in the crop subsector and livestock.
So, on that note, Development partners are urging the government of Uganda to design good programs that can entice public -Private -partnerships in the agriculture sector.
They say this will solve some of the bottlenecks that the sector faces currently.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country Representative in Uganda Antonio Querido said Agri-PPPs have the potentials to bring in technology and combat the high rate of unemployment through Agribusiness model.
“Under Agri-PPPs, Uganda can reduce the burden of youth unemployment. This can be done through the development of agro-based industries that can help boost economic growth, reduces poverty and offer nutritious food.
“It will also solve the much-needed jobs and incomes especially for the 11 million Ugandans,” said Querido.
Speaking during the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue to improve the design implementation and impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Uganda’s Agriculture sector, Querido observed that through effective cooperation between the public and private sectors it is essential in ensuring that policies and programmes are adhered to.
This, in turn, is instrumental in attracting the required investment skills and technical Know-how that can help to modernize the agriculture sector.
It also helps in delivering benefits that can contribute to sustainable and inclusive agricultural development.
The Dialogue that was convened at the Serene Kampala Hotel plays a big role in sharing experiences and gathering the views and insights of a broader range of public and private stakeholders on key elements that are essential for the successful design, implementation and impact of the agriculture PPP,s for sustainable transformation of the Agricultural sector.
Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture Alex Rwakakuba the Commissioner Crop said his
Mark Kofi Fynn the technical Advisor at the African Union Commission said all African countries should embrace the principles of Public-Private Partnership in the Agriculture sector since almost all countries have the same challenges in the same sector.
BY SAMUEL NABWIISO