This article is adapted from a post on the Rwenzori Information Centres Network blog.
In a bid to create awareness about plant clinics in Uganda, Plantwise organized a one day sensitization workshop at Lesuiex Centre in Kabarole District about improving food security and the lives of smallholder farmers in Uganda.
District officials who attended the workshop were advised by Phil Taylor of CABI UK to integrate plant clinic programmes with those of national agriculture advisory services (NAADS) so that it should not look like an independent project to farmers. Several districts from across the region were represented, including among others Kasese, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Kyegewa, Buikwe, Mukono, Hoima and Ntungomo.
According to Plantwise, 23 plant clinics have been established in Uganda with the help of their implementing partners like the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Rwenzori Information Centres Networks (RIC-NET), local government, Makerere University, National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO), and Caritas. This year, the Ministry of Agriculture and partners hope to establish more clinics in other parts of the country and build capacity to run them especially during market days and on a routine basis so that farmers’ needs are addressed.
Joseph Mulema of CABI Africa said there is need to increase plant clinic coverage in every agricultural area in this country since farmers have liked the initiative so far.
To find out more about the Plantwise initiative in Uganda, click here.