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Ugandan Farmers Urge Government to Increase Irrigation Funding

The focus of the 2016/17 agriculture budget should be availing enough money to provide water for irrigation and employing more extension workers across the country, small scale farmers have said.

Presenting their position on agriculture financing to the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture last week, the farmers, under their umbrella body, Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers' Forum (ESSAF) Uganda, said government was getting it wrong to think that distributing seeds under the Operation Wealth Creation initiative will solve the low production capacities at a time when climate change is having its toll on farming.

The move, the farmers said, will help them to produce good harvests despite the prolonged droughts that have had negative impact on the agricultural sector.

Rod Waddington

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