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Venansius Baryamureeba (a.k.a Prof. Barya) is a Professor of Computer Science and Chancellor of Ibanda University. Besides this, he also serves as: Chairperson, Makerere University Business School Council; Chairperson, Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board; Chairperson, Board of Trustees/ Directors of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU); Chairperson, St. Augustine International University Council; and Chairperson, Busitema University Appointments Board among many other high profile roles.

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Agriculture is the backbone of the Ugandan economy. In rural areas, agriculture is the source of livelihood for 70% of the people and on average it contributes over a third to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Agriculture is particularly important for women. Women provide 60-80% of agricultural labor and in many Ugandan societies have primary responsibility for growing the household’s food. They also take a large role in small-scale food processing and marketing.

As a country, agriculture is of great importance and requires key attention from policy makers. In my government, we intend to achieve the following as far as agriculture is concerned:

  • Allocate at least 11% of the national budget to Agriculture, Water and Environment
  • Establish an Agricultural Development Bank to finance farmers with affordable and handy credit services
  • Increase investment in the mechanization of agriculture
  • Create links between farmers and strategic markets, both local and international
  • Ensure farmers have access to quality inputs and agricultural extension services
  • Set up cooperatives right from grass root level to facilitate easy mobilization of farmers
  • Invest in research and development in agriculture to enhance productivity and quality
  • Promote value addition of agricultural produce by developing and supporting agro-processing initiatives

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