Business
Mobile soil-testing van launched
Publish Date: Feb 15, 2014
Mobile soil-testing van launched
Agriculture minister Bucyanayandi, right, hands over the key of the mobile farmer’s learning centre and soil testing laboratory to Sasakawa country director, Dr. Roseline Nyamutale
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Vision Reporter    
                                                                       
The agriculture ministry is to start mobile fertiliser clinics which will move in different places assessing soil nutrient deficiencies and supplying the requisite fertilisers.
 
According to the agriculture minister, Tress Bucyanayandi, the project is currently being piloted in the districts of Apac and Dokolo. He said the use of fertiliser and agronomics is one way Uganda can increase farm yields. 
 
He said this during the commissioning of the mobile farmers’ learning centre at the ministry headquarters in Entebbe.
Bucyanayandi said Uganda is one of the countries with the minimal use of fertilisers.
 
He said the Government policy now is to increase the use of both organic and inorganic fertilisers to boost crop productivity for commercial and domestic consumption. This, he said will improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
 
After Apac and Dokolo the project will roll out to Kamwenge, Mityana, Mukono, Nakaseke and Ntungamo. One of the reasons for the depletion of soil nutrients is land fragmentation.
 
“The lab on the truck will be able to assist in assessing actual soil nutrient deficiencies and fertiliser requirements,” Bucyanayandi said.
 
The equipment for the mobile fertiliser clinics worth euros 150,000 (about sh500m) donated by K+S KALI GmbH, a German fertiliser company. 
 
The project is implemented by Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), a Swiss registered international agricultural development NGO and the National Agricultural Extension Services of Uganda. 
 
He said the innovation will reach out to more farmers and train them on improved agricultural practices, post-harvest handling, agro-processing and storage.
 
The SAA country director, Roseline Nyamutale, said the project has so far reached 25,000 farmers in 11 sub countries.  
 
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Mobile money customers shoot to 19.5m
Registered mobile money customers have increased from 17.6 million to 19.5 million between June 2014 and June 2015, the central bank has disclosed....
COMESA in drive to harmonise grain standards
The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa) met Friday to kick start the process of harmonizing standards of maize grain across the region, and interpreting the existing standards...
Farmers tipped on minting money from honey
A symposium of farmers from Tanzania and Uganda were told that the global demand for honey is currently overwhelming the supply in the market....
New car dealers want used motor vehicles phased out
As Uganda prepares to launch its first locally manufactured automobile to the market in 2018, new car dealers have appealed to the government to begin phasing out the importation of used motor vehicles on the market....
Export Promotions Board to train traders
Lack of awareness of trade procedures at border points among small scale traders is to blame for the low exports....
EAC countries told to invest in livestock for export
EAC countries must come up with strategic investment plans to address impediments to the productivity of livestock in the region to increase the regions GDP....
Do you support KCCA'S move to ban campaign posters from the city?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter