WANTS 'SMART AGRICULTURE PRACTICES': Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja.

The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Vicent Sempijja has implored Ugandan farmers and other land users to adopt practices of smart agriculture.

In a statement issued ahead of the 35th National World Food Day on October 16 2016, the Minister said that on that day Uganda, just like other countries, will focus on the status of food security, hunger, malnutrition, poverty and agricultural development.

To be held under the theme: ‘Change the future of migration, invest in food security and rural development’ the celebrations at Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute in Rubanda district, will be graced by President Yoweri Museveni.

The theme, Sempijja said, recognizes the negative effects on migration on food security and rural development, adding that over the medium term his ministry will continue pursing policies and interventions that promote increased value addition in order to improve our foreign exchange base.

To augment his statement, Sempijja, listed soil and water conservation, conservation agriculture, agro-forestry, manure management, irrigation, mechanization of production systems and integrated nutrient and pest management, aquaculture development, forestation, wetland, sustainable pasture and rangeland management as some of the practices that will boost Uganda’s agricultural output.