By Vision Reporter
The expansion of commercially based agriculture in Northern Uganda is critical in the development of the region, the Danish Ambassador to Uganda has said.
Ambassador Dan E. Frederiksen was officiating at a handover ceremony of a partnership project between Noir Illuminati, a Danish company and Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC), in Gulu last week.
The project is part of Danida’s Business Partnership Programme that supports Ugandan and Danish companies to create employment, strengthen competitiveness, promote corporate social responsibility and environmental investments.
Through the GADC project, Danida has promoted commercial organic cotton farming and improved 12,000 livelihoods in the region through training individuals in good agricultural practices, organic cotton production and certification, promotion of fair trade and good environmental practice.
“The expansion of commercially based, competitive agriculture in northern Uganda is critical in the development of the region. Denmark continues to be deeply involved in supporting private initiative in Uganda, especially through the business partnerships,” the ambassador said.
Frederiksen commended the project for improving the livelihoods of more than 12,000 families in northern Uganda, adding that it was a good example of how Denmark supports private sector growth in agricultural production. He handed over 5,000 tree seedlings and 30 bicycles to lead farmers and field officers at the event.