PS Okidi Calls for Holistic Approach to Boost Agricultural Production

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of water and Environment, Alfred Okot Okidi has called for a holistic approach in handling challenges of Agricultural production

Okidi said there is need for value chain approach approached in order to address challenges of agricultural production and post-harvest handling

“Everybody should focus on quality processes; we should put quality products so that they compete at the international market.” Said Okidi

He made the remarks on Tuesday at opening of the Farm income enhancement and Forestry Conservation Program Projects(FIEFOC2) meeting in Gulu City

The P.S revealed that under the FIEFOC2, they have constructed 5 different irrigation schemes in different parts of Uganda targeting 8,554,049 people.

These include; Mubuku II irrigation scheme in Kasese district, Doho irrigation scheme in Butaleja district, Tochi Irrigation Scheme in Oyam district, Ngenge Irrigation Scheme in Kween district and Wadelai irrigation scheme in Pakwach district

He revealed that the construction of these irrigation infrastructure as led to opening of more than 4,000 hectares of land.

This he says, has contributed to improve farmers income and rural livelihood, building climate resilience and food security in the beneficiary Community through the collaboration with the Ministry of Agricultur, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

Pakwach district LC 5 Chairperson, Hon. Omito Robert Steen urged the leaders and farmers under the project to embrace the Irrigation Technology so that it will alleviate them from Poverty and lead to Commercial production in Agriculture

Adong Teddy, a beneficiary Farmer from Oyam district said that she has been able to grow Vegetables very well with the help of Irrigation scheme and this has helped her to pay school fees for her Children in School

Mr. John Magezi Ndamira, the National Programs Coordinator for FIEFOC2 said that this Project that started in 2016 in closing in June 2023 adding that they have registered tremendous success in organizing the Farmers in cooperative groups, skills training, best agronomy practices among others

He noted that the challenges of flooding in some of the areas like Tochi has been dealt with by river dredging, tree planting among others

A report by MAAIF shows that 70 percent of Ugandans are employed in Agriculture sector.