Uganda's National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) has received about Sh5.4 billion for implementing three agricultural projects that are focusing on enhancing the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. The money is being donated by the Korea Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA); it will be spent over the next three years through three zonal agricultural institutes.
About $1.2 million (Sh4.4 billion) will be spent on the establishment of citrus management technology demonstration sites, market development and model village delivery pathway in Teso. The project is aimed at increasing yields of citrus farmers in Teso sub-region.
An ancillary project is aimed at increasing the yields and income of farmers by supplying and cultivating high-yielding quality NAROPOT 1 potato varieties using improved technologies.
In three years, the project is expected to increase household incomes through the distribution of seed potatoes for the high-yielding NAROPOT 1 variety to farmers, training with demonstrations of improved Korean technology, and expanding the cultivation area.
A third project will increase farm household income through the dissemination of local chickens and improved management technologies in Uganda.
Dr Ambrose Agona, the NARO director-general, commended the South Korean government for its continued support towards agriculture in Uganda. Also, Abel Arinaitwe, a researcher at Kacwekano ZARDI in Kabale district, hailed KOPIA for supporting the potato seed development sector in Kabale.