Government urged to invest in climate early warning and agricultural research :: Uganda Radionetwork

Dr Sameul Mugasi, executive director of the National Agricultural Advisory Services and board member of the National Agricultural Research Organization, said food would be plentiful if the importance of research in the modern world was taken into account.

World Food and Agriculture Program researchers are demanding that the government invest more funds in climate warning systems and the right agricultural research technologies to support farmers in the face of unpredictable climate change.

Emily Doe, head of the World Food Program in the South West region, says once the government invests in the right technologies to support farmers, it will be an important first step towards more inclusive systems and research.

However, Doe worries that climate change combined with COVID-19 has left people hungrier, with dwindling resources to provide food for the most vulnerable.

Doe says the program itself is trying to make scarce food aid resources work and ensure that mandatory food ration cuts do not continue to disproportionately affect the most vulnerable.

Doe was speaking to the media at the World Food Program regional offices in Mbarara City on Friday ahead of today’s World Food Day celebrations.

Dr Sameul Mugasi, executive director of the National Agricultural Advisory Services and board member of the National Agricultural Research Organization, said food would be plentiful if the importance of research in the modern world was taken into account.

He says agricultural researchers like NARO face a funding challenge to do their research as it largely depends on donor funding, thus urging the government to increase funding for its research.

He says the money the organization receives is not enough.

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Dr. Alex Barigye, director of research at the NARO Kachwekano zonal research institute in Rubanda district, said the agricultural research at the institute focuses on developing agricultural technologies that help the farmer to control hunger, poverty and improving nutrition, but this is happening at a slow pace due to lack of funds.

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He says the demand for supply of good seed varieties for farmers currently stands at 98% compared to the full seed production surveyed of 2%, noting that this is due to the scarcity of resources, including funds. and the lands.

According to Dr. Barigye, if NARO has enough resources to invest in infrastructure development and agricultural technology research, it will provide climate and food production solutions.

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James Kihiinda, a consultant farmer with the Hands-on Agriculture initiative, says new crop pests and diseases are increasing due to the lack of research to obtain resistant seeds.

He says all crops and animals have various diseases that make them susceptible to climate change, noting that since most native crops are no longer resilient to climate change, new varieties are needed.

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Lana T. Arthur