The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries is implementing the Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan (ASSP 2015/16- 2019/20) which is the 5 year strategy for the development of the Agriculture Sector, and is in line with the National Development Plan 2.
The ASSP provides the overall strategic and implementation framework for the agriculture sector priorities and is aimed at contributing towards the overall development goal of the country in regard to attaining middle income status by 2020.
“This MOU is a framework and defines the agreed basis of cooperation between Government of Uganda and the two joint ventures basing upon which a project proposal in support of value addition and processing infrastructure will be developed in Uganda,” states the agreement.
In the agreement, one of the priorities under the ASSP is to improve access to agricultural markets and value addition for the 12 priority commodities (maize, beans, rice, tea, coffee, bananas, dairy, fish, livestock, meat, fish and vegetables) and 4 strategic commodities (oil palm, oil seeds, cocoa and cotton).
Under the grains value chains, the Government acknowledges that there is need to increase grain processing capacity while improving post-harvest handling and management to match the crop production levels in the country. This will also increase farmer’s access to regional and international markets.
“In the same spirit, the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has partnered with two UK companies, that is: M/S Alvan Blanch Development Company and Colas Limited who have formed a Joint Venture to manufacture, supply, install and commission multiple post-harvest processing systems. The partnership will also include delivery of related trainings and construction of Associated Infrastructure,” reads part of the agreement.
It is also said that the agreement will supplement other already initiated partnerships created by the Government to enable private sector to increase investment in processing and value addition.
“For example, in FY 2019/20, the Ministry has through NAADS committed Shs 55 billion to set up grain, fruit and feeds processing plants in the districts of Yumbe, Kapeeka, Nwoya and Kayunga,” reads the agreement.
The partnership also includes Uganda Prisons, Uganda Development Corporation and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.