All roads lead to the Agricultural Show in Jinja today as President Museveni is scheduled to officially open the event.
According to Dick Nuwamanya Kamuganga, president of Uganda Farmers Federation, President Yoweri Kauguta Museveni is expected to officially open the 26th National Agricultural trade show in Jinja.
President Museveni who is also the patron of Uganda National Farmers Federation. This year’s show is running under the theme “Fostering Agricultural Value Chain Innovations for Farm Led Food Security, Household income & Job creation.” The Jinja Agricultural show is an Annual event which provides the largest national platform for transfer of farm technology produced by Ugandan scientists to advance agriculture modernization.
“The office of the president has confirmed that the president will officially open the show and as organizers of the event, we are well prepared to receive him at the show” Kamuganga said.
Unlike the previous agricultural trade shows the federation has organized, the 26th agricultural show has attracted many exhibitors from all corners of the country as well as neighboring countries within the East African Community.
“We estimate up to 2,500 farmers and 10,000 show-goers from across the 4 corners of the country to attend the show daily. UNFFE’s network brings up to 7.5 million farmer households, 150 farmers’ organizations from 115 districts and up to 15 foreign nations participating in the Show” He explained.
The show comes at time when Uganda’s agricultural sector is dominated by substance farmers which affects the development of the sector especially when it comes to value addition. However, the president of the federation says they are working very hard to see that the largest portion of the population involved in agriculture shift to commercial farming.
“The era of subsistence agriculture must end. UNFFE will drive a new era of on the farm productivity change that will integrate a smallholder farmer into the global agricultural value chains. We have identified effective technology generation, transfer and adoption as the cornerstones of agriculture modernization” He added
To ensure that its dreams are achieved especially those of supporting farmers to adopt modern technologies, the Federation is partnering with government to transform the plight of 69 percent subsistence farmer households in Uganda using the President’s 4 acre model which is a crucial element in farmer’s transformation.
The partnership will promote the use of science, technology and precise information to empower smallholder farmers in decision making to increase productivity, run farms as business, penetrate markets, bargain collectively and attain farm profitability.
The Jinja Show also brings forth a wave of new technologies at display. Local and international exhibitors arrived from the continental leader such as -Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa, to come and show case of their technologies to the Ugandan markets.
The event fosters the pro-exporter character of farmers business producers to the region and beyond.