NTUNGAMO: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
Ugandan farmers have been urged to embrace the climate smart agriculture project in a bid to increase their productivity and have high quality produce.
Dr Godfrey Kagezi, the senior research officer at the National Coffee Research institute under the National Agricultural Research organization said that the programme aims at equipping the small scale farmers and nursery operators to ensure that they grow crops that have excellent quality.
He was speaking at the launch of the climate smart Agriculture project held at Ntungamo district council hall on Friday.
Climate-smart agriculture is an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support the development and ensure food security in a changing climate.
The project aims to tackle three main objectives: sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes, adapting and building resilience to climate change, and reducing or removing greenhouse gas emissions where possible.
Dr Kagezi said that the project will last for five years and will also retool extension workers and the business community through training to improve on the skills which they will later extend to the farmers.
During that period, the project will provide the means to help stakeholders from local to national and international levels identify agricultural strategies suitable to their local conditions.
It will also scale up shade trees, management technologies and management of pests and diseases.
The Ntungamo district chief administrative officer, Nasser Mukiibi, revealed that the district which has already registered success in beans production is set to focus on increasing household income, export earnings and import substitution.
He added that the locals have mastered some of the technologies of growing crops that enable higher productivity and expressed optimism that the project will be successful.
Albert Mugabe, the district production officer assured that the district will be able to address quality control and improve productivity.
It is hoped that the Climate Smart Agriculture project would be an approach for developing agricultural strategies to secure sustainable food security amidst the unpredictable weather conditions.