KAMPALA- Thousands of maize farmers in Uganda are set to receive fertilizers aimed at increasing their crop harvests productivity.
The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, flagged off consignments of 2,700 metric tonnes of fertiliser to be distributed to 23,000 Maize farmers in 40 Districts in Uganda.
Hon. Vincent Ssempijja flagged off the Yara Fertilizer consignments accompanied by Mr. Vitalis Wafula from Yara and Hon. Hellen Adoa the Minister of State for Fisheries at a ceremony held in Kampala yesterday.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the 23,000 farmers in Uganda who will benefit are part of 250,000 smallholder Maize farmers in 7 countries across Southern and Eastern Africa benefiting from this initiative dubbed Action Africa, “Thriving Farms, Thriving Future”.
The other 6 countries benefiting from this initiative include Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
The initiative is supported by the United Nations, the Norwegian government and African Governments and Yara’s contribution, combined with Agronomic support is expected to triple maize production to feed more than 1 million people in the 7 countries.
Speaking during the function, Hon. Ssempijja revealed that the fertiliser support will supplement Government efforts aimed at increasing maize production and productivity.
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