NAADS Participates in the 27th National Agricultural Shownaadsadmin
The 27th National Agricultural show at Jinja grounds was held from 12th to 21st July 2019. The 10 days event was held under the theme “Agricultural technologies and innovation for farmer led Agro- Industrialization”.
The Show was officially opened on behalf of the President by Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda the Prime Minister of Uganda who was accompanied by Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries.
In his speech, President Yoweri Museveni has encouraged farmers to utilize government programs being implemented in the agriculture sector to fight hunger and grow financially. He said there are many programs if well embraced can make Uganda poverty and hunger-free state.
“How come some families are experiencing food insecurity? This is because many of the famers have not embraced government programs despite the fact that government has created conducive environment for the farmers by providing agricultural inputs under the various programs being implemented in the sector,” the President said in the Speech.
He advised farmers to embrace good practices if they are to grow financially.
This show was organized by the Uganda National farmers federation (UNIFFE) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and fisheries (MAAIF) and as a key stakeholder, NAADS Secretariat enlisted its participation along with its farmers’ representatives who have benefited from NAADS as they showcased their products.
NAADS showcased majorly aspects of agribusiness specifically, the gross margins, the institutional framework of organizing farmers under the farmer committees right from the clusters at village level to the National
farmer committees, an innovation being piloted in 14 districts currently and lastly, the procedural steps farmers can follow to access NAADS inputs as well as availing other key critical information to farmers in addition to responding to questions and inquiries such as the access and management of tractors by farmers through NAADS, a strategic intervention by MAAIF on agricultural mechanization to improve productivity and profitability.
The Show is the largest of its kind in Uganda and is an annual event that has been held since 1990, attracting an annual average of 350 agricultural exhibitors from different parts of the country and beyond.
It is the biggest platform for showcasing Agricultural innovations and exchange of knowledge and offers a lot of opportunities to the participants to learn of equipment and agricultural methods to apply on the farms.
The Agricultural show attracts over 300,000 guests yearly, making it the most attended show.