With the progress being made in agriculture, Uganda is on the verge of becoming an agricultural powerhouse. And as such, efforts to promote the sector need to be supported, Mr Andre Dellevoet, the group chief executive officer, Agricultural Business Initiative Trust (aBi Trust), said yesterday while handing over a Shs50m cheque to Monitor Publications Ltd (MPL) in support of this year’s Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic.
Mr Dellevoet said they decided to sponsor the Farm Clinic, which has been instrumental in educating farmers about modern agricultural trends as well as best practices and publishing inspiring success stories.
“Seeds of Gold has shown how concrete stories bring ideas to reality and we commend the Daily Monitor for its Seeds of Gold magazine, which fits in our mission which is to provide financial and technical support of turning Uganda into an agricultural powerhouse,” he said, adding that Uganda is already midway that path.
Mr Tony Glencross, the MPL managing director, said impact of the annual Farm Clinics, which started in 2013, was phenomenal to the media outlets because it provided fertile ground for NTV, KFM, Dembe FM and Daily Monitor to take communication to the farmer from the written word to its practical use.
As a result, there has been overwhelming positive feedback, which has contributed to the increasing number of participants.
“This is the third time we are taking communication from the written word to the practical application and we are in agreement that Uganda is on the verge of being an agricultural powerhouse,” Mr Glencross said.
Ms Sarah Nalule, the MPL marketing manager, said in 2013, the Farm Clinic attracted 120 participants while in 2014, the number grew to 400.
Last year, more than 700 people attended the event. The previous ones have focused on fish farming, goat rearing and piggery.
This year, the topic for the Farm Clinic is poultry farming. It will be held on May 7 at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo. Each participant will pay Shs70,000 to cater for transport and meals during the event.
According to Mr Anders Aalbaek, the chief operations officer of aBi Trust, this year’s clinic will also entail education on climate change mitigation and adaption to green technology, and climate-smart agricultural practices to reduce vulnerability to impacts of climate change.
About the clinic
The Farm Clinic is a periodic event organised by Monitor Publications’ Seeds of Gold magazine, which is a farming information magazine produced every Wednesday.