Uganda has the potential to feed its entire population through the practice of organic agriculture. Comparative to ‘modern’ agriculture, organic agriculture requires more labour – and Uganda has got over 30 million people. ‘Modern’ agriculture has a lot of hidden costs – the effects of extensive use of artificial chemical fertilizers and pesticides – which Uganda really cannot afford.
This is why the National Agriculture Advisory Development Services (NAADS), in its un-politicised form is extremely important for Uganda. We need a team of scientists and practising farmers to provide the much needed advice and extension services in the practice of organic farming for which Uganda has a comparative advantage.
Ugandan farmers are not backward needing ‘modernising’ they just need the same support as the so-called investors who are bringing in the poison in the name of modernisation of agriculture. Our ‘imperfect’ looking mangoes are just as good nutritionally and are far superior ecologically.
Eboo – cowpeas leaves – need no artificial fertilizers – they grow so well in our homesteads. Try it , replace you grass lawns with vegetable plots and eating organic will save you loads of money.