On 4th Dec, the first phase of the EGYPT-UGANDA JOINT MODEL FARM was commissioned at NEC FARM Katonga by the Min of State for Agriculture Hon Christopher Kibazanga.
The Joint Model Farm is being Implemented by NEC.
The Ceremony hosted by the Managing Director NEC Lt Gen James Mugira was attended , among others, by the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Uganda H.E Mohammed Tarek Salam and Embassy Staff, The Chairman NEC Board of Directors Gen Joram Mugume;The Chairman of the NEC Farm Katonga Sub Board Lt Gen Charles Otema; and Senior Officials of the Ministry of Agriculture. RDC Gomba Ms. Ruth Kashaka, RDC Sembabule Mr.Nickson Kabuye and senior officials from both districts.
Phase 2 that will involve infrastructure development at the farm like offices, residences, feedlots, stores etc is to commence mid this month.
The Minister commended both the Government of Uganda and Egypt for the good working relations and appreciated the timely implementation of the Project by NEC. He observed that in the next 10-20years the super power will no longer be the countries that produce weapons of mass destruction but food production. He thanked the army leadership through NEC for taking the lead. He called on the locals to learn best practices from the project. He thanked the Government of Egypt for investing in Uganda and implored them to roll the same to all parts of the country.
His Excellency the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt also thanked both Governments for cordial relations. He thanked NEC for providing the land for the implementation of the project and was happy with the fast tracking of the implementation of the project. He thanked Egypt-Uganda Joint Model Farm staff for working hard to where it is for the short period of time.
The Chairman NEC Board of Directors Gen Joram Mugume thanked NEC for the work well done and advised that the project should benefit the local community.
On his part, the MD NEC observed that the people of Uganda and Egypt are one, the Nile being an umbilical cord connecting the peoples of Egypt and Uganda. He thanked the Minister and the Ambassador for finding time off their known busy schedule and to come to NEC Farm Katonga to commission the project. He informed the Minister that Egypt-Uganda Joint Model Farm project came as a result of an MoU between the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Government of the Republic of Uganda in different fields of Agriculture to create an integrated Joint Model Farm in the Republic of Uganda on 8th May 2018 in Cairo, Egypt.
He emphasised that the importance of establishing an Integrated Joint Model Farm is to enhance research activities aimed at improving Agricultural and Livestock production through the use of high yielding variety seeds and high quality animal breeds through application of Egyptian advanced technology in the two areas of training of Ugandan farmers and specialists in best agricultural practices.
He thanked the Ministry of Agriculture for the support and assured the Minister that NEC is determined to make this project a Model Project.
He informed the Minister that NEC is the sole offtaker of Usukulu fertilisers which fertilisers have been used in this project. He requested the Minister to add fertilisers on the package given the farmers under Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) so as to increase their yields.