Ugandan farmers want govt subsidy

THE president of the Uganda National Farmers Federation, Chebet Maikut, has called on the Government to provide subsidies to farmers in the country to enable them compete effectively with those from the developed world.

“The continued exportation of primary commodities that are not processed has kept attracting low prices for our agricultural products.

This has, in turn, resulted into the exportation of a number of jobs to the Europeans, rendering some people unemployed,” he said.

Maikut was speaking at a three-day regional consultation meeting on the current World Trade Organisation agriculture negotiations held at Ridar Hotel, Seeta, recently.

State minister for trade Igeme Nabeta said food security in the country depends on adequate supply, distribution and access to appropriate food for every individual.

“Significant progress in promoting economic growth, reducing poverty and enhancing food security cannot be achieved in most African countries without a fully developed productive capacity of the agricultural sector,” he said.

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