Uganda To Celebrate 100 Years Of Cooperatives

what is ed geneva; font-size: small;”>While speaking to journalists in Kampala, the minister said that the country will hold the century celebrations at Masindi Boma Grounds from September 25 to 27 under the theme; “Cooperative Enterprise remains strong in time of crisis”.

Kyambadde said cooperatives provide an institutional framework through which basic human needs are met and also contribute significantly to poverty eradication, provide employment, infrastructure development and ensuring environmental sustainability.

Kyambadde added that cooperatives have potential of accelerating economic growth by providing opportunities and empowering the vulnerable to participate in the development process.


The minister revealed that as the country enters the 2nd century of cooperatives, the ministry and government will continue carrying on with a number of interventions that will enhance cooperative members’ benefits.

Kyambadde added that the ministry is also set to resolve all the failures of cooperatives like mismanagement, poor governance and non accountability.

The trade minister therefore explained that government is set to promote household level addition and use of appropriate technologies by farmers and install Warehouse Receipt System to streamline marketing of agricultural commodities for the benefit of all members.

Kyambadde stressed, “cooperatives have registered a steady growth in members and numbers of cooperatives from 1913 when the first cooperative activities started in Uganda.”

The minister therefore noted that, they are now 14,060 cooperatives with a membership of about 4 million people.

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