Production and Marketing
SECTORS IN THE DEPARTMENT 1. Agricultural services 2. Veterinary services 3. Fisheries 4. Entomology and Vermin control MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT Mandated by The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda Article 176 (2) and The Local Government Act 1997 Sections 96 and 97, the district local government through the department of production and marketing is responsible for; Increasing agricultural production and productivity that will culminate into increased household incomes and improved livelihoods of the farming communities through the performance of its devolved and delegated function and coordination with MAAIF. KEY FOCUS Implementation of the NRM Manifesto where wealth creation is the key focus, • Agro-processing and value addition • Zoning strategy; our focus is in the following value chains 1. Pineapple 2. Passion fruit 3. Dairy 4. Poultry 5. Piggery 6. Fish 7. Maize 8. Cassava 9. Beans 10. Soya beans Strategic objectives for production department To boost house hold income and ensure food security through increased and sustained production and productivity of major crops and animals
KAZO DISTRICT, THE AGRICULTUTAL HUB IN PIPELINE.
Like any other East African countries, Uganda’s Agriculture contributes about 26.7 % of the economy, the sector supports over 80% of the total population as a source of food and income, this is real since the largest section of the population lives in the rural areas.
Kazo District came into existence in July 2019 curved out of Kiruhura District and since then, great achievements have been registered in the production Department in all the sectors of crop and livestock. The district selected three priority enterprises of Dairy, Banana and Coffee as major sources of livelihood in form of food and income.
Great success has been achieved for instance, there are about 97 milk coolers on 49 milk collection centers where approximately 54000 litres of milk are collected for sale, the families are left with substantial amounts for consumption.
Approximately 45 tones of bananas are produced annually in the district high production is registered in Kazo subcounty with over 3000 acres under banana crop, a small section of these however has ready but meagre market, a biggest percentage requires value addition to produce wine and other products. On the other hand, approximately 65000 coffee trees exist and 08 small scale processing centers doing the hulling as value addition.
Great appreciation goes to the Government of Uganda through NAADS /OWC for the supply of inputs especially maize, beans seeds and Dairy heifers. Through UCDA, sufficient coffee seedlings have boosted the coffee farming enterprise. The department is proud to have competent extension staff at every subcounty and the District headquarters, these have championed Agricultural extension in both crop and Livestock sections, they require support in transport and funding for development.
Afunctional Veterinary laboratory exists at the District Headquarters to enhance livestock disease diagnosis, a plant clinic structure is under construction at the District Headquarters to promote effective pest and disease diagnosis hence good plant health.
There are efforts to promote value addition and processing of the produced agricultural raw mateials, a number of home-based cottages have come up to do small scale value addition on milk, bananas and some vegetables. Its common to find branded and packed milk products, juice and energy drinks produced in kazo like; mone organic products in Kazo town council, Mbaba banana juice, Grajo yorghort among others.
Through CAIIP, four processing equipments exist in Kazo for maize and milk processing, these have scored in the Governments mission of ’’ industrialization for inclusive Employment and Wealth creation’’. One privately owned abattoir exists in Burunga , more are required to promote value addition on beef.