Agricultural sector in Uganda contribute to about 2.6% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and it provides livelihoods to more than 70% of the population as well as raw materials to the growing agro processing industries. Crop yields are highly dependent on use of quality seed of up to 40% and yet in Uganda only about 13% of farmers access quality seed for planting.
Agriculture in Uganda is pre-dominantly rain fed making it very risky especially for market linked production like with the Local Seed Business. agricultural production is increasingly adversely affected by the climate change and variability manifested by erratic rainfall patterns, prolonged dry spells, and floods causing the farm level production to fall below attainable yield.
ISSD Plus project aim at improving agricultural productivity in Uganda through increasing access to quality seed of farmers preferred varieties by 300,000 households by the year 2020. This is achievable through training 250-300 entrepreneurial farmer groups to become sustainable Local Seed businesses to produce quality declared seed which of requires demand and affordable.
In Response to erratic rainfall patterns, prolonged dry spells, and floods, ISSD Plus project aims at providing provide evidence-based knowledge on how to advice farmers in irrigated seed production options.
Through the hands-on training session provided by Resilience, ISSD staff will be able to advice on what is the likelihood, timing and duration and associated risks of dry spells on current production systems, and what are available options to meet the water requirements during dry spells. An economic perspective will be used, to demonstrate the added value – looking at different technologies and the implication for the farming systems.
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