Edwin Soko, Agribusiness Reporter Tanzania
Uganda’s Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries, the Hon. Ssempijja Vincent Bamulangaki, will deliver the opening keynote address during the Afribusiness Congress East Africa and outdoor conference on in Namulonge Uganda from 29-30 November, this year.
Apart from the high-level conference featuring expert speakers, the event 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. Entrance to the expo is free. This is according to the press release posted in agribusiness website //www.agri-eastafrica.com/AgriEA-final-PR
“I look forward to Agribusiness Congress East Africa developing into a platform that enables business to business engagement leading to actual sales” said Chris Kaijuka, chairman of The Grain Council of Uganda and speaker at Agribusiness Congress East Africa.
Kaijuka added that, TGCU is a platform for collaboration and coordination of activities in the grains sub-sector. It was formed to address the challenges that afflict the Uganda grains sector some of which are: limited availability of quality inputs, Poor and inconsistent volumes of quality grain, Poor and inadequate grain storage and processing facilities, Poor Post-Harvest management, Informal and unregulated grain trade and Non enforcement of grain quality standards.
Mascor and John Deere are platinum sponsors for this year’s event and have been long-time supporters of the event said that, we are heavily committed to agriculture and remain that way. MASCOR is committed to serve all that till the land. We are excited about the development in the small, medium and emerging sectors and the interest in the commercial developments. Uganda is the promised land for agriculture. Many opportunities exist. Commercial farming has great potential.
“Land tenure and affordable finance are the major challenges to expanding and developing the agri sector. Current interest rates put enormous stress on agribusiness and are often prohibitive. We need to look at novel ways to finance the agri sector, and get around using land as collateral. Fortunately we are starting to see special purpose funds enter the market space, offering new opportunities for those looking to raise finance, be it for working capital or infrastructure.” Said
Jon McLea, Director, Agricona, session chairman at Agribusiness Congress East Africa
George Magai, Director Trade and Markets at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa – Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa also adjoined that, the agriculture sector in the sub-region is undergoing a slow recovery from several decades of misplaced policies. There is a need to harmonise our policies so as to improve intra-regional trade and thereby create a better environment for trade and regional markets.
According to the Global Mass Media reporter, Some 2000 agri professionals are expected to descend on the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge from 29-30 November for the Agribusiness Congress East Africa conference and outdoor exhibition, also Global Mass Media will attend and cover the event for purpose of informing the Tanzanians what going on from that event and one of the media partners.