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Uganda new frontier for food, grain production

by Grace Kisembo

Official host partner of the Agribusiness Congress East Africa – The Grain Council of Uganda (TGCU) sees vast business opportunities offered by the region’s agriculture sector.

“My vision for the agri sector is a national grain sector that supplies the region and is the preferred source of high quality grain.

“There are opportunities in agriculture with our two seasons (bimodal) and a fast growing population; highest in the world at 3% per annum,”

said Chris Kaijuka, chairman of the TGCU.

According to Kaijuka, TGCU is currently pursuing affordable financing for infrastructure development and working capital for members.

“We look forward to the launch of the electronic trading on the Uganda National Commodity Exchange where we are shareholders.”

Kaijuka says Uganda can grasp the bloc’s agriculture opportunities and evolved into the new frontier for food and grain production and the continent’s food basket, “We need to come together and take action to move the industry forward.

“We urge all industry players with a stake in agriculture to take advantage of this golden opportunity to meet with suppliers, buyers and technocrats and contribute to the development debate.”

Meanwhile, this year’s regional agribusiness show returns to Uganda from 29-30 November as a fully-fledged conference and outdoor exhibition with its move to the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge.

Apart from the high-level conference with high-level expert speakers, Agribusiness Congress East Africa will this year also feature more than 45 exhibitors, free training workshops and agronomy consultations, roundtable discussions as well as live demonstrations and crop trials.

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