East Africa’s agri potential: The new frontier for food and grain production

Field trip to NamulongeOne of b4fa's field trips to Namulonge, Uganda. (Image source: b4fa.org)Chris Kaijuka, chairman of The Grain Council of Uganda (TGCU) is a featured speaker at the upcoming Agribusiness Congress East Africa in Namulonge in November

“My vision for the agri-sector is a national grain sector that supplies the region and is the preferred source of high-quality grain. There are opportunities in agriculture with our two seasons (bimodal) and a fast-growing population; highest in the world at 3 per cent per annum.” This is according to Mr Chris Kaijuka, who is a featured speaker at the Agribusiness Congress East Africa in Namulonge, Uganda in November.

The TGCU is the official host partner of this leading regional farming event held from 29-30 November as a fully-fledged conference and outdoor exhibition with its move to the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, Uganda. Apart from the high-level conference with high-level expert speakers, Agribusiness Congress East Africa will this year also feature more than 45 exhibitors, free training workshops, and agronomy consultations, roundtable discussions as well as live demonstrations and crop trials.

According to Mr Kaijuka, the TGCU is “currently pursuing affordable financing for infrastructure development and working capital for members. We look forward to the launch of the electronic trading on the Uganda National Commodity Exchange where we are shareholders.”

He adds: “For us to truly grasp the opportunity for East Africa, and Uganda in particular, which has evolved into the new frontier for food and grain production and the continent’s food basket, we need to come together and take action to move the industry forward. We urge all industry players with a stake in agriculture to take advantage of this golden opportunity to meet with suppliers, buyers, and technocrats and contribute to the development debate.”

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