Uganda: Monitor Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic Goes Virtual

25 October 2020

Daily Monitor has successfully held the first of its three virtual 2020 Seeds of Gold Farm Clinics.

The maiden session held Saturday sought to effectively address both fish and coffee farming.

Speaking on behalf of this year's headline sponsor, head Agribusiness at Stanbic bank, Ms Melisa Nyakwera said, "We are using such farm clinics to address the knowledge gaps to ensure that people use knowledge based farming practices that will lead to increased productivity."

"We are also looking into prospects of having an establishment that caters for low income earners through such farm clinics, hopefully early next year," she added.

The event which was televised happened at the Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Muzardi) station in Ntaawo, Mukono District, on a drizzly Saturday evening.

Voluntary Contributions manager at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Ms Clair Ichumar said they would use the platform to continue encouraging farmers to save.

"Knowing that agriculture has for long been the backbone of Uganda's economy, we shall keep using these farm clinics and the voluntary savings platform to encourage farmers who aren't catered for under mandatory contributions- so that they can save and plan for retirement," said Ichumar.

According to the director National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) Ntaawo, Ms Barbra Zawedde, government is committed to boosting the agricultural sector.

"NARO is committed to fulfilling the facets of the National Development Program (NDP-III) which requires us to ensure that we are making agriculture more technologically relevant," Ms Zawedde remarked.

Nation Media Group (NMG) Activations and Promotions Officer, Mr Esau Joshua Jaafa confirmed that the remaining two Seeds of Gold events will be held on November 28 and December 12 respectively.

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