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.”
A maths problem, which has gone more than 150 years without a solution, has finally been solved by Nigerian academic Dr. Opeyemi Enoch. The Riemann Hypothesis was first proposed by Bernhard Riemann in 1859.
As the first person to provide a solution, Dr. Enoch has scooped a million dollar prize – Excerpt from pmnewsnigeria.com
by Dillon T. Klepetar
In 2007, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda declared climate change “an act of aggression by the rich against the poor”. Perhaps for the first time an African leader had made the case that the effects of greenhouse gases produced in the industrialized North constituted an act of violence on the global South. If nothing else, Uganda was making a statement.
While politicians in the United States Congress debated the very existence of global warming, extreme weather events were wreaking havoc in this poor east African nation. Uganda’s history has been anything but tranquil and the process of democratization, nowhere near completion, has not been smooth.
That being said, the problems arising from temperature and rainfall changes will push an already unstable country into more dire straits. Food security poses the most serious risk from climate change fallout and ironically the proposed solutions will make hunger worse and not better. As basic resources become more scarce and lucrative resources more profitable, the possibility of conflict mounts.
Uganda is heading towards a massive buy-in to GMO technology countrywide focusing primarily on cereal crops (corn). Soon after the transition has been widely adopted, Monsanto will pull the royalty-free introductory rate once farmers are hooked. Farmers will go into debt to purchase GMO seed and products since it is the only thing that will grow on their land after it has been desecrated by monoculture in combination with heavy pesticide and herbicide applications. When individual debt builds, farmers will have no choice but to clear entire swaths of virgin forest to grow conventional maize once again to recover their livelihoods. – Excerpts from paper by Dillon T. Klepetar
(to read moreclick here )
Who is better qualified to be your official consultant?
Go ahead and engage objectively.
If you were a policy maker trying to make critical decisions on food security policies that will have a great impact on your people and the nation as a whole, who do you think is better qualified to be your official consultant: (a) or (b)?
(b). Insect, Physiology and Ecology professor turned politician.
Ebocha, Nigeria — Justice Eta, 14 months old, held out his tiny thumb.
An ink spot certified that he had been immunized against polio and measles, thanks to a vaccination drive supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
But polio is not the only threat Justice faces. Almost since birth, he has had respiratory trouble. His neighbors call it “the cough.” People blame fumes and soot spewing from flames that tower 300 feet into the air over a nearby oil plant. It is owned by the Italian petroleum giant Eni, whose investors include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In Ebocha, where Justice lives, Dr. Elekwachi Okey, a local physician, says hundreds of flares at oil plants in the Niger Delta have caused an epidemic of bronchitis in adults, and asthma and blurred vision in children. No definitive studies have documented the health effects, but many of the 250 toxic chemicals in the fumes and soot have long been linked to respiratory disease and cancer.
–execerpts from article By Charles Piller, Edmund Sanders and Robyn Dixon
The storm of bad press resulting from the strike also spread locally to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates first caught flack for a $2.2 million investment in the GEO Group (which operates the Northwest Detention Center on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement) following an article in Mother Jones late last year.
In early April, Latino advocacy group Presente.org organized an action outside the Gate’s Foundation’s South Lake Union offices, demanding that the asset trust (the foundation’s fundraising arm) divest from GEO. – excerpt form seattleglobalist.com
What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants.
Drugs and Race
Prison Debate Team Defeats Harvard In Amazing Victory
“Big business built the prison state. Why should we trust them to tear it down?”
At sixteen, Reginald Dwayne Betts was young, black and in trouble. Arrested for carjacking. And the next day, before a judge and headed for eight years in prison. At 24, he was out. Self-educated. Deeply-read. And a self-made poet. Now, Dwayne Betts is a celebrated poet, and in his last year at Yale Law School.
His latest collection goes right at the despair and fatherless children and prison time that came out of the decade of war on drugs. “Bastards of the Reagan Era,” he calls it. It’s powerful. He’s with us. This hour On Point, Reginald Dwayne Betts, poet of the dispossessed. – (Excerpts from onpoint.org)
– Tom Ashbrook
The vast majority ‒ 85 percent ‒ of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested in a new Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, ruled a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization
This beta-carotene enriched GM Banana experiment at Iowa State University exclusively targets females of 18-40 years of age, the optimum adult childbearing age group.
(A) Is this an efficacy or safety study of GMO banana effects on female fertility?
(B) If it is a Vitamin A efficacy study, why are males excluded from participating?
The paradoxical findings: beta-carotene supplementation do not support the observed beneficial associations or a role for supplemental b-carotene in lung cancer prevention; instead, they provide striking evidence for adverse effects (ie, excess lung cancer incidence and overall mortality) in smokers. beta-carotene and lung cancer: a case study – http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/69/6/1345s.full
( c). Why are there no studies on increased risk to smokers that eat those beta carotene enriched GMO bananas daily and also take multivitamin supplements that contain vitamin A?
Sam Nzabandora, Ames