The State minister for Agriculture Jon Bwino Fred Kyakulaga has emphasized the need for Public Private Partnerships (PPP) as means of increasing productivity in the agriculture sector.
In his message delivered by Dr. Patience Rwamigisa- the Commissioner for Agriculture extension services and skills management at the commemoration of 35 years of Sasakawa operations in Uganda, the minister commended private partners who have worked with government in ensuring that rural farmers engage in commercial agriculture.
“On behalf of the Government of Uganda, I am here to say thank you to the funding entities, the Sasakawa Africa Association, thank you to the people of Pallisa and its leadership for your tireless work and concerted effort to transform agriculture as we know it,” Kyakulaga said.
He noted that the Government is committed to providing a conducive environment which will enable its partners to ably implement and support government efforts to reduce poverty, improve food and nutrition security, household incomes as well as livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
“Let me not forget the extension workers, the foot soldiers that are reaching out to the farmers and making the desired change,” he added.
Dr. Makoto Kitanaka Sasakawa, Africa Association President, who addressed the gathering via zoom revealed that throughout their years of existence, they have been able to train (sensitize) 1.2 million farmers from all over the country
“In our next five year strategy, we hope to come up with innovations which will help in addressing Global challenges like youth unemployment, Climate Change as well as focusing on the realization of food nutrition security,” he said.
Professor Ruth Oniang’o, the Chair of Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), noted that their close partnerships with Government especially through the support of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has helped them to achieve a lot and hope to use it to touch many people’s lives.
“We thank our partners in Uganda like Makerere University with whom we have worked on several projects. The University also gave Sasakawa an honorary degree which we are so proud of.”
Also in attendance were Government officials, members of the Civil Society and farmers at various levels.
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