Uganda Parliament Revives Key Agricultural Agencies to Boost Coffee, Cotton, and Dairy Sectors

Uganda's Parliament passes bills to revive key agricultural agencies, strengthening vital industries and livelihoods of millions, while preserving the independence of major authorities like UCDA and DDA.

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Uganda Parliament Revives Key Agricultural Agencies to Boost Coffee, Cotton, and Dairy Sectors

Uganda Parliament Revives Key Agricultural Agencies to Boost Coffee, Cotton, and Dairy Sectors

The Parliament of Uganda has passed bills to revive and maintain several critical agricultural agencies that support key sectors such as coffee, cotton, dairy, and agricultural advisory services through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADs).

The move aims to strengthen these vital industries that contribute significantly to the livelihoods of millions of Ugandans.

The Agricultural Chemicals Control Board has been returned to the agriculture ministry for better management, as the board has struggled to address the growing presence of fake and adulterated agro-inputs on the market.

Similarly, the Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council's functions have been transferred back to the ministry, following the successful completion of its mandate to eliminate sleeping sickness in the country. A 13-member Tsetse & Trypanosomiasis Taskforce has been launched to develop a containment strategy and mobilize resources for the elimination of tsetse flies and trypanosomiasis.

Why this matters: The revival and maintenance of these key agricultural agencies is essential for supporting the livelihoods of over 12 million Ugandans who depend on sectors such as dairy, coffee, and cotton. The move highlights the government's commitment to promoting agricultural development and ensuring food security in the country.

However, the agriculture committee blocked the transfer of the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), Diary Development Authority (DDA), and Cotton Development Authority to the agriculture ministry. The committee argued that abolishing these agencies would negatively impact the incomes of over 12 million Ugandans, as the dairy industry alone provides employment to 12 million people and is a major source of food and income for over 40% of the population. The committee emphasized the significant growth in milk production, processing, and exports since the establishment of the DDA in 1998.

The bills passed by Parliament aim to preserve these key agricultural agencies that support critical sectors of the Ugandan economy. By maintaining the independence of the UCDA, DDA, and Cotton Development Authority, while strengthening the management of the Agricultural Chemicals Control Board and the Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council, the government seeks to promote the sustainable growth and development of Uganda's agricultural sector.

Key Takeaways

  • Uganda Parliament passed bills to revive key agricultural agencies.
  • Agricultural Chemicals Control Board returned to agriculture ministry.
  • Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council's functions transferred back.
  • Dairy, coffee, and cotton sectors crucial for 12M Ugandans' livelihoods.
  • Bills aim to promote sustainable growth of Uganda's agricultural sector.