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UK injects $154.2 million to boost Uganda's agriculture

Christian Fernsby |
The United Kingdom (UK) has injected about Shs577.6 billion ($154.2 million) into the country's agriculture sector to help boost crop production and post-harvest handling.

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The joint venture deal, signed between the Agriculture ministry and two UK firms Alvan Blanch Development Company, and Colas Ltd, seeks to manufacture, supply, and install multiple post-harvest processing systems across the country.

Agriculture ministry permanent secretary Pius Wakabi signed for Uganda while Mr Lars Peter Jesensen signed for of Colas Ltd.

Speaking at the ceremony, Agriculture minister Vincent Ssempijja commended the collaboration, saying it will supplement already-initiated government programmes to help the private sector increase investment in agriculture processing and value addition.

In the next financial year, the ministry through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads) programme plans to commit Shs55 billion to set up grain, fruit and feeds processing plants in the districts of Yumbe, Kapeeka, Nwoya, and Kamwenge.