Crop Diseases: Kadaga Roots For Rapid Response Unit

treatment geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Addressing a Consultative Workshop for Members of Parliament and representatives of Agriculture sector agencies at Parliament this week, here Hon. Kadaga noted that many wilt diseases had wiped out farmers crops but the response from government seems to be slow.

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“When I visit the constituency, my people report all types of plant wilts and they expect me as the Speaker to have solutions for them. We need a Rapid Response Unit on the issue of diseases. Our people get desperate when nobody responds to their plight,” Speaker Kadaga tasked Agriculture ministry officials.

She noted that despite several attempts to promote agriculture as a leading enterprise, the public seems to get conflicting messages from the several technocrats and political leadership.

“Our people get confused. The NAADS person in Kamuli says something different. Somebody from the Ministry says something else. The MP is also saying something else. We need to design uniform messages if our people are to benefit from agriculture,” she stressed.

The Speaker also emphasized the need to promote agriculture marketing and quality control to help farmers access the best markets. She tasked MPs and leaders at all levels to involve themselves in agriculture and live as examples within their communities.


“We need to convince our people that there is money in agriculture. At the moment they just do agriculture for survival. We need to go beyond this by having gardens ourselves so that the people learn from us,” she said.

Rt.Hon. Kadaga re-echoed calls for a national Tree Planting Week to promote the practice across the Country. MPs also proposed a national coffee planting week as one of the programmes to promote coffee farming.

MP Mathias Kasamba said the inter –sector interaction in which they were involved will enable MPs and the several agencies involved in agriculture to partner and undertake joint outreaches to the population at the grassroots.

The consultative meeting brought together officials from Uganda Coffee Development Authority, National Agriculture Research Organization, Cotton Development Authority, National Agriculture Advisory Services and several agriculture sector agencies.

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