Mbabazi Roots for Heavier Investment In Agricultural Research

viagra approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>He said the measure would boost agricultural production and value addition by use of modern technology. Mbabazi was receiving the outgoing Israeli Ambassador to East Africa, diagnosis Gil Haskel who called at his office to take leave of him on Monday.

After a three-year stint as Ambassador to East Africa resident in Nairobi, Haskel has been appointed to head Mashav, the State of Israeli’s Agency for International Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mashav is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the State of Israel’s worldwide development and cooperation programmes in developing countries.

“Uganda is the biggest coffee exporter in Africa, yet 98 percent of production is done instinctively,” Mbabazi said. He noted that with inadequate production methods, the country was already a food basket for the region and could export to Israel as well.

The outgoing Ambassador, who was accompanied by his wife Dalit Haskel, appealed to Uganda and Israel to establish fully-fledged embassies in each other’s capitals to further enhance development cooperation.


“I am leaving but not saying ‘good bye’,” Haskel said. He also announced the expansion of his government annual scholarship scheme for Ugandan students to go for agricultural courses in various institutions in Israel, from 30 to 200 slots.

Under the 11-month programme, the students study and work in Israel for pay. Haskel underscored the importance of technology transfer in water provision, saying his country was now taking water from places that have it to those that need it.

“Water provision can change people’s nomadic lives such as in Karamoja where there are cattle keepers who depend on nature and keep following the water and pasture for their animals,” Prime Minister Mbabazi noted.

He said government was already improving the water situation in the region but appealed to Israel to fast track their support for establishment of water purification programmes here so as to enable the nomads settle and develop their area.

Mrs Joyce Onek, the head of North Africa Middle East and the Rest of Africa (NAMERA) Department at Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the meeting.

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