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By Anne Mugisa

AGRICULTURE experts have called on Government to consult women for the sector to register meaningful development.

The agriculturalists are meeting in Entebbe to train women researchers in proposal writing and policy development.

The team from several African countries stessed the need to harness women’s agricultural input.

According to Prof. John Stephen Tenywa of the faculty of agriculture at Makerere University, the country’s agricultural potential is undermined by the fact that women, the biggest force of production, are neglected. .

He noted that the women are the majority in the agriculture sector but few of them were involved in extension services and research.

The head of the Gender and Women Studies at Makerere University, Dr. Consolata Kabonesa, said unless women in Africa are brought on board, the continent will not develop as desired.

She explained that the African Union had recommended that each member state spends not less that 10% of its annual budget on agriculture.

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