Uganda Receives Equipment to Boost Plant Clinics, Extension Services

Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries has received two new consignments meant to upgrade diagnostic field guides to be used in the execution of plant clinic activities. This is part of the Ministry’s plan to have advanced ways to controlling pests and diseases.

The consignments are part developed mechanisms by a host of partners led by the Center for Agriculture and Bio science International (CABI).

Plant clinics are a meeting place where local agricultural advisory officers, known as plant doctors, help farmers struggling with plant pests and diseases. They provide diagnoses and management advice for any problem and any crop.

Uganda has a handful of plant clinics with several of the districts across the country lacking such facilities which occasionally has led to poor yields.

The guides, which have been presented by Ms. Christine Alokit from the Center for Agriculture and Bio science International (CABI), contain descriptions of current trends and behavior of crop pests and signs of crop diseases especially in the Great Lakes Region.

The Guides were officially received by the Ministry under secretary Segawa Gyagenda on behalf of the Permanent Secretary Pius Wakabi Kasajja and Mr. Stephen Byantwale the Ministry Commissioner for Crop Protection.

Gyagenda said, the consignments will help the Ministry as it works towards meeting its goal and mission which is “To Transform Subsistence Farming into Commercial Agriculture.”

Delivery of the consignments to the different districts across the country will commence during the course of this week, according to Gyagenda.

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