MAAIF ponders construction of national food reserves

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The Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is considering construction of a national food reservoir as one of the interventions to ensure food security in the country.

This follows the Tuesday 31st/August/2018 resolution passed by Parliament requiring Government to expeditiously revive the national food reservoirs and tasked MAAIF to be the implementing agency.

The new development was revealed yesterday in a meeting between the Parliamentary committee on agriculture and officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries led by the sector Minister, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja.

In the meeting that discussed the Ministerial Policy statement of the sector for the Financial Year 2019-2020, the Minister told members that very soon the proposal will be tabled in cabinet for approval.

“We didn’t have the mandate as MAAIF but since Parliament directed that way, I have no option but to take the proposal to cabinet for approval. We need the facility to be in place, if possible this coming Financial Year”. The Minister said.

A national food reserve will ensure proper food preservation but most importantly, it will also be a critical measure for stabilizing prices of agriculture produce. Besides, it will be a reliable food reservoir for the country, especially for emergency situations such as famine or disasters.

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