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  We need to move agriculture from traditional sentiments to science and research we need to introduce these new crops to Busoga KAMPALA Uganda January 20 2022 APO Group The Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Hon Frank Tumwebaze has proposed the introduction of Hass avocado in Busoga to complement the cultivation of sugar cane The Hass avocado a commercially popular and nutritious fruit is part of the 19 crops that the ministry is promoting under the Agricultural Value Chain Development Strategy Other crops include cashews bananas cassava beans fish cocoa cotton and coffee among others Tumwebaze and the Minister of State for Fisheries the Hon Hellen Adoa appeared before the Agriculture Committee on Wednesday 19 January 2022 to defend their National Budget Framework Document for the financial year 2022 23 The sector has been allocated Shs 1 534 trillion for the fiscal year 2021 2022 However the ministry has a funding shortfall of Shh 280 billion to expand disease control interventions establish fisheries aquaculture ponds hand hoes expand the acquisition of mechanization technologies buy ox drawn plows and accessories and other forms of mechanization among others During his presentation Hon Tumwebaze said that the 19 priority crops will change agriculture He says the new strategy will help regions without perennial crops by introducing new crops for cash Tumwebaze said that Busoga for example as a region can benefit from growing Hass avocado instead of sugarcane Between sugar and Hass avocado in Busoga for example which one can benefit more Hass avocado can help Busoga get off sugar cane said Tumwebaze Tumwebaze also says that while Uganda has 44 of the arable land only 34 4 is under agricultural use and as a ministry they hope to move to 50 by 2026 through promoting the Uganda Development Strategy the Agricultural Value Chain However the proposal to replace sugar cane with Hass avocado was not well received by some members of the committee who said that the problem was not the selection of companies but rather the lack of support for companies in which people already is involved Kagoma County MP Moses Walyomu said there is no need to force Hass avocado on the people of Busoga but to provide a much needed market for existing sugar cane The problem in Busoga is not the sugar cane but the lack of support for the cane growers in the form of a market I think we should stop imposing some of these companies on people let them be based on demand Walyomu said Major General Sam Kavuma a member of parliament representing the Uganda People s Defense Forces and also deputy chief coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation defended the proposal to introduce Hass avocados in Busoga We need to move agriculture from traditional sentiments to science and research we need to introduce these new crops to Busoga Because if we say that Busoga should continue with this cultivation that they have been engaging in for the last 100 years even if it doesn t benefit them I think it is wrong Kavuma said However Walyomu said that sugarcane should also be included in the list of priority crops and the government should support the people of Busoga with the sugarcane market The chair of the committee the Hon Janet Okorie Moe said the committee had done a good job of investigating the Hass avocado and Parliament had passed a resolution to choose the Hass avocado as a priority crop Let s see what additional crops can be added to Busoga because sugar cane alone will not lift Busoga out of poverty he advised
Uganda: Hass avocado to complement sugarcane in Busoga – Minister

We need to move agriculture from traditional sentiments to science and research, we need to introduce these new crops to Busoga.

KAMPALA, Uganda, January 20, 2022/APO Group/ —

The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon Frank Tumwebaze, has proposed the introduction of Hass avocado in Busoga to complement the cultivation of sugar cane.

The Hass avocado, a commercially popular and nutritious fruit, is part of the 19 crops that the ministry is promoting under the Agricultural Value Chain Development Strategy. Other crops include cashews, bananas, cassava, beans, fish, cocoa, cotton, and coffee, among others.

Tumwebaze and the Minister of State for Fisheries, the Hon Hellen Adoa, appeared before the Agriculture Committee on Wednesday 19 January 2022 to defend their National Budget Framework Document for the financial year 2022/23.

The sector has been allocated Shs 1.534 trillion for the fiscal year 2021/2022.

However, the ministry has a funding shortfall of Shh 280 billion to expand disease control interventions, establish fisheries aquaculture ponds, hand hoes, expand the acquisition of mechanization technologies, buy ox-drawn plows and accessories. , and other forms of mechanization among others.

During his presentation, Hon Tumwebaze said that the 19 priority crops will change agriculture. He says the new strategy will help regions without perennial crops by introducing new crops for cash.

Tumwebaze said that Busoga, for example, as a region, can benefit from growing Hass avocado instead of sugarcane.

Between sugar and Hass avocado in Busoga for example, which one can benefit more? Hass avocado can help Busoga get off sugar cane,” said Tumwebaze.

Tumwebaze also says that while Uganda has 44% of the arable land, only 34.4% is under agricultural use and as a ministry they hope to move to 50% by 2026 through promoting the Uganda Development Strategy. the Agricultural Value Chain.

However, the proposal to replace sugar cane with Hass avocado was not well received by some members of the committee, who said that the problem was not the selection of companies, but rather the lack of support for companies in which people already is involved.

Kagoma County MP Moses Walyomu said there is no need to force Hass avocado on the people of Busoga, but to provide a much needed market for existing sugar cane.

“The problem in Busoga is not the sugar cane but the lack of support for the cane growers in the form of a market. I think we should stop imposing some of these companies on people, let them be based on demand,” Walyomu said.

Major General Sam Kavuma, a member of parliament representing the Uganda People’s Defense Forces and also deputy chief coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, defended the proposal to introduce Hass avocados in Busoga.

“We need to move agriculture from traditional sentiments to science and research, we need to introduce these new crops to Busoga. Because if we say that Busoga should continue with this cultivation that they have been engaging in for the last 100 years, even if it doesn’t benefit them, I think it is wrong,” Kavuma said.

However, Walyomu said that sugarcane should also be included in the list of priority crops and the government should support the people of Busoga with the sugarcane market.

The chair of the committee, the Hon Janet Okorie-Moe, said the committee had done a good job of investigating the Hass avocado and Parliament had passed a resolution to choose the Hass avocado as a priority crop.

“Let’s see what additional crops can be added to Busoga, because sugar cane alone will not lift Busoga out of poverty,” he advised.

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