Agricultural value chain development launched in Kasese

By David Katya

The Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (AVCP) on Thursday was launched in Kasese district with a call on famers to diversify agriculture from subsistence to commercial agriculture.

The project is being implemented in 26 districts in Uganda and in Kasese District, it will be piloted in six (6) sub-counties of Rugendabara Town council, Kitswamba, Hima Town council, Kahokya, Nyakiyumbu and Kisinga Sub-counties with a target on Maize and Rice.

According to the project coordinator western region Mr. Fred Ssajakambwe, the project will be implemented by a consortium of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and the Acholi private sector development company as selected by ministry of Agriculture and will be targeting people in the rural areas.

Mr Ssajakambwe says famers groups in the selected sub counties would be reached through a variety of stake holders where Village Agent model was going to be used to access the selected groups.

During the launch of the program at Verina Gardens in Kasese town, the Kasese District Secretary for production Hon, Ham Natuhwera promised the district’s total support towards the implementation.

The launch attracted different stake holders including a section of extension workers, Politicians, farmers and input dealers among others.

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