Dr Imelda Kashaija, deputy director general in charge of agricultural technology promotion at NARO revealed that, NARO has genetically engineered crops which cannot be replanted and, every crop season, farmers must buy new seeds. In other words, NARO has been involved in Terminator Technology all along, contrary to the assurance that NARO would never introduce Monsanto’s Terminator Technology into Uganda. Continued..
….. Agriculture: Uganda is predominantly an agricultural country with a population of 40 million people, of which 70 per cent depend on agriculture for subsistence and livelihood purposes. Therefore, 80 per cent of our export earnings are derived from the agricultural sector. Continued..
But has someone forgotten to inform some of our leaders that all across the world, especially in EU, that their more advanced scientists per research findings, have educated their public as follows, “The technology is not only risky, it’s redundant,” he says. “And people and the governments that represent them are rejecting them outright.”?
Successful Agricultural methods are Non-GMO
One more reason to marvel: The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it? (And of course it doesn’t do it with GMO technology)
Check out the answer: “resembles no other major food producer—a fragmented patchwork of intensely cultivated fields, most of them tiny by agribusiness standards,” sounds more like Uganda, doesn’t it? But the agricultural yields are totally different. Wouldn’t this be the country that Uganda learns from if it is to succeed?
Of course you will say that Uganda doesn’t have high tech of Denmark.
Then how about emulating this small desert country to which Uganda has been sending agriculture students, who were ranked highly in their academic performance by Israel? Did Monsanto’s deep pockets get in the way of these students who were ready to do as were expected, to change Uganda’s agriculture with water efficient non-GMO technology which an Israel discovered which has been implemented successfully in producing high yields in the desert soils with hardly any water?
However, it makes one wonder why this information about these Israel trained students is stifled,
First Lady roots for Israeli trainers to boost skills development in Uganda. New Vision has the story…One would expect this to be a story in new vision paper, but it is not.
In fact, per study findings, when it comes to GMO agriculture, the only thing it increased is more pesticides use.
Mr Kabuye noted that the organic foods unlike most of the other products, have ready market almost everywhere around the world.
“There is no excuse for markets, We can only hope that the trend remains like this,” he said. Source….
Retailers say demand is at its highest for a decade with popularity spreading from fruit and vegetables to other groceries. Source…..
Largest dollar gain ever for the booming organic sector even with supply challenges, says OTA survey
The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 Organic Industry Survey.
PLANS TO EXPORT
My comment to an article titled “MAAIF PLANS EXPORT-ORIENTED LARGE SCALE COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE”
All the following sound good:
“We shall be getting more money from exports. It is very easy to target export markets, once you organise the farmers. We are working with exporters. We are going to register all farmers that produce horticulture for export. That is vegetables and fruits for exports.”
But the most intriguing one is: “We have already done it on paper and it is possible.”
There are a few things that must take place to succeed on some of those plans e.g. “Cotton, we are going to emphasize not only production of cotton, but also value addition”, in other words cotton cloth etc. There must be a ban on all second hand (used) clothes donated from overseas and sold cheaply all over the country, for local cotton so called “added value programs” to succeed.
Here is the tricky part about developing nations trying to export to developed nations, price influence through Agricultural subsidies of developed countries. One has to understand how subsidies work in developed nations to be able to plan effectively for those markets. Here is a simplified version that goes to the point, “Our crazy farm subsidies, explained”.
And it is not that this unfair competition has(n’t) been known for sometime.
Of the countries studied by the OECD, 94 percent of subsidies were spent by Asia, Europe, and North America—leaving only 6 percent for the rest of the world. EU spent over $106 billion on agricultural subsidies in total.
However, there are some areas that Uganda has an advantage in, and it is in Organic farming. Simple reason, for example in U.S. organic farming doesn’t get subsidies and there is a short supply of anything organic.
The organic food revolution that is minting millionaires.
I don’t understand how the minister of Agriculture could have mentioned fertilizers’ contribution to increasing production but forgot to mention irrigation especially with this global warming that brings about un-predicitable droughts. Unless the value of irrigation is appreciated and given investment into, we will keep looking up the sky waiting for rain manna to fall from heaven, instead of using the water manna that God gave us long ago and is kept safely under the ground.
The role of water in agricultural development:
The problem is that Africans believe in free lunch, case in point: “In December 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an Emergency Appeal of 950,205 Swiss francs to meet the food security needs of 11,500 people affected by the drought in Namibia. However, the Appeal has only been funded 15 per cent, which means that only 1,200 people are being supported with drought relief by the Red Cross.”
The question is this: “How much investment has Namibian government put into irrigation since 2012 when massive aquifers were discovered?”
“Too soon to tap Namibia’s groundwater find, experts say”
Your guess is as good as mine why Namibia was told that it was too soon to tap under ground water, yet longer droughts are causing famine and deaths. “A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.”