Uganda’s Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Frank Tumwebaze has proposed the introduction of Hass avocado in Busoga. The fruit could complement sugarcane production there. The Hass avocado is part of the 19 crops that the Ministry is promoting under the Agricultural Value Chain Development Strategy. The other crops include cashew nuts, banana, cassava, beans, fish, cocoa, cotton and coffee among others.
Yesterday, Tumwebaze and the Minister of State for Fisheries, Hellen Adoa, appeared before the Committee on Agriculture, to defend their National Budget Framework Paper for the Financial Year 2022/23. There, Tumwebaze said that the 19 priority crops will change agriculture. He says that the new strategy will help regions that do not have perennial crops by introducing new crops for cash.