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President Museveni opens the 10th Anniversary FAO China South-South and Triangular Cooperation conference

Tuesday, 26th November 2019
H.E the President was welcomed by a delegation led by Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries and Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary.

As highlighted by Hon. Vincent Ssempijja in his remarks during the opening of the anniversary under the theme “Inspiration, Inclusion, and Innovation” the following progress has been achieved by Uganda as one of the SSC countries.

During implementation of the 1st and 2nd SSC project phases, the project was successful in introducing, demonstrating and adapting Improved Chinese Agricultural Technologies with tremendous achievements including:

(a) Establishment of the China Uganda Agricultural Cooperation Industrial Park (CUACIP) worth USD 220 million in Luwero and Kalungu districts under Kehong Investors. The Park in Luwero was launched by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in April 2016 and is providing employment to over 1,500 Ugandans.

(b) The Project supported large scale production of a Chinese hybrid rice variety that yields 3 times (10 tons per hectare) compared to improved and local varieties which yield 3.5 and 2.5 tons per hectare respectively. In an effort to address import substitution for rice in Uganda, the project has been supporting rice production on over 7,000 acres in Luwero, Kalungu and Mityana districts.

(c) The project further supported introduction and production of a highly nutritious and high yielding Chinese foxtail millet variety in the country. This important variety yields 5 tons per hectare as compared to improved and local finger millet varieties grown in Uganda which yield 2.5 and 1 ton per hectare respectively. In an effort to address food and nutrition security, the Chinese foxtail millet variety has been under production on over 1,000 acres in Oyam, Lira, Amuria, Budaka, Butaleja and Luwero districts.
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