From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE fourth Agribusiness Congress East Africa conference set for the capital Kampala in November builds on the great excitement in the agricultural sector in Uganda.
It is the first time that the event is taking place in Uganda.
The summit comes at a time the farming sector is showing great potential.
The Grain Council of Uganda (TGCU)’s Board Vice Chairman, Robert Mwanje, says the body is delighted to partner, support and host the fourth annual Agribusiness Congress East Africa.
The success of the event in the East African region has given the TGCU the confidence to host the upcoming edition, setting it as a key entrant into the national annual calendar.
“The Congress strives to set progressive action for the commercialisation of the industry by exchanging knowledge, best practices and dynamic conversations whilst showcasing leading agri technology to highlight the right tools for East Africa’s agri sector,” says Mwanje.
Agribusiness Congress East Africa is a regional platform for discussions and knowledge sharing, to address those pertinent issues which are preventing the East African agricultural industry from flourishing as a global agribusiness hub.
Industry organisations that are official partners include the East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda Investment Authority, Uganda National Farmers Federation, Uganda Seed Trade Association and Agricona.
Well-known suppliers Engsol, Mascor, John Deere and Chief Industries have already signed up as event sponsors.
Event director, Yolanda dos Santos, expresses excitement ahead of the event.
“We look forward to bringing together national, regional and international commercial farmers, donors, stakeholders, investors, policy advisors, commodity traders and industry professionals,” says dos Santos.
She discloses the congress will feature the leading technologies through a product showcase to highlight the right tools for East Africa’s commercial agricultural arena.
Agribusiness Congress East Africa will offer market access to more than 200 million people through Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Agriculture accounts for almost 30 percent of GDP in East African countries while staple foods represent 75 percent of total agricultural products traded.
The industry employs more than 60 percent of the population of over 400 million in the region.
– CAJ News