KAMPALA – Towards improved post-harvest handling, lower post-harvest losses and stronger farmer organisations, the Agribusiness Matchmaking Expo of the Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) has been opened at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole on Monday by Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) together with Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary.
The minister said that the event was designed to facilitate contractual partnerships between selected agribusiness producer organizations, Area-based Commodity Cooperative Enterprises, Regional Producer Organizations as well as Farmer Organizations and suppliers of Post-Harvest Management and Agro-processing equipment and services.
Participating Farmer Groups are engaging with the suppliers through this event.
According to MAAIF, 123 of these groups that submitted feasible proposals to qualify for the Matching Grants have also received a total of UGX30b in Grants.
On the other hand, the ministry is preparing to host delegates from over 40 countries.
In a press Conference held in Entebbe on Monday, Bamulangaki informed the general public about the forthcoming10th Anniversary of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Program and Triangular Cooperation and the 2019 FOCAC Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference.
These events during which Uganda will host delegates from over 40 countries will take place in Kampala from the 25th to the 29th of November 2019 under the theme “Inspiration, Inclusion, and Innovation’ and will highlight pathways forward to advance the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.