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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

East Africa: Ugandan Farmers Benefit €4.5 Million Project

The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has launched a 4.5 euro multi-year project in Uganda, which shall benefit more than 350,000 smallholder farmers using satellite data to improve production and marketing of three value chains-maize, soya beans and simsim. Designed as a demand driven, market led, user owned ICT4Ag Enabled Information service (MUIIS), the program seeks to strengthen information and communication technologies (ICT) and knowledge management capacities of grass root farmers through providing satellite based timely accurate information on crop management in central eastern, northern and western Uganda.

Benjamin Kwasi Addom, the Programme Coordinator of the Technical centre for Agricultural and Rural cooperation (ACP-EU-CTA) explained, We are targeting over four million individual farmers organized in 500 cooperatives in 4 regions with a unique service that we believe will lead to improved user efficiency of inputs including water, fertilizer, seeds, pesticides. We believe there will be long term impact through decreased dependence on social assistance and improved sustainability in food production," This is in collaboration with six other partners with support from the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs and will run from September 2015 to August 2018.

Source: monitor.co.ug