On 15th May 2017, Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) entered into partnership with Monitor Publications Ltd to fund the 2017 Seeds of Gold campaign with UGX 100,000,000 to support the execution of the farm clinics and the Climate Smart Symposium.
Approximately 80% of Ugandans depend on agriculture either as their main occupation, supplementary source of income or a hobby. The challenges within the sector like limited markets, inaccessibility to credit facilities, expensive or poor quality inputs, adversities of climate change among others have hindered growth within the industry and it is for the same reason that Daily Monitor saw the need to provide practical knowledge to bridge the gap between the will to farm and succeeding at it. This is through Daily Monitor’s weekly seeds of gold magazine (Saturday) that focuses on farming information. The magazine has for the last four years conducted practical trainings dubbed ‘seeds of gold farm clinics’. These clinics have tackled aspects to do with fish farming, goat rearing, pig production, poultry, dairy and financial support to the agricultural business sector.
Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) is partnering with Monitor Publications Ltd on this initiative for the second year running, to promote a competitive, private sector agribusiness development and to enhance wealth creation in Uganda. This partnership aims at providing practical information, knowledge, training and solutions for agri-business. The theme (Climate Smart Farming) for this year’s Seeds of Gold campaign is also in line with the aBi Green Growth Strategy whose objective is support the agri-business sector through increasing awareness and enhancing adaptation, and mitigation against the impact of climate change.
The farm clinics are scheduled for May and September 2017 in Western and Eastern regions, respectively whereas, the Climate Smart symposium is slated for November 2017. The selected agri-business commodities include; dairy, coffee, piggery, horticulture, cereals and banana. The Western region clinic will be held on Saturday May 27th 2017 at Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research & Development Institute (MBAZARDI) and it is absolutely free but however, interested participants must reserve their slots prior. The date and venue of the Eastern region farm clinic will be announced in due course.
Monitor reiterated its commitment to adding value to society through continuously informing and educating its readers on agriculture, through the Seeds of Gold Magazine, every Saturday, as agriculture is the backbone of Uganda’s economy. MPL commended aBi for the support and for the value they are adding on to the agricultural sector to boost livelihoods and incomes and pledge for continued partnerships to build capacity for agricultural initiatives.
Monitor Publications Ltd and aBi call upon all interested agri-business stakeholders and practitioners, including beginners and experienced farmers, to turn up in big numbers at both the farm clinics and the symposium.
For booking a slot, exhibitions and clarity, contact Emmeline 0774 853187. For more information on aBi’s participation in the partnership; contact: George 0776-642000 or email; George.Mutagubya@abi.co.ug
For further information, please read the Statement by Andre Dellevoet, aBi Group Chief Executive Officer on this link Here