Countries come together in a bid to increase agricultural mechanization services access

Several African countries are meeting in Uganda to chart a way forward towards increasing access of agricultural mechanization services to their farmers.

The heads of Agricultural Mechanization Departments in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia, Ghana and Uganda are convening in Kampala for a regional Workshop on agriculture mechanization.

The Regional Workshop was convened by the Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry an Fisheries in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. The aim of the workshop is to allow the countries to share experiences in the field of Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization hire services provision.

The meeting was opened Hon. Joy Kabatsi the State Minister for Animal Industry. According to the Ministry, Uganda was selected to host the workshop as a result of the country’s exemplary progress in promoting mechanized agriculture.  Uganda recently procured 284 tractors through the National Agricultural Advisory Services and Vegetable Oil Development Project that was accompanied with the training of over 500 Tractor Operators already attached to  farmer groups for batch 1 of the project.

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