A brand new regional policy on agricultural and commerce policy reforms will boost commerce between member states in Uganda. This is in accordance to government director of Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (Asareca), Mr Enock Warinda
Mr Warinda made the remarks yesterday through the opening of a dialogue between the 11 member states on the brand new regional policy which, in accordance to him, might be prepared in a month.
“The reforms will focus on the standardization of some of the commodities traded within the eastern and central African region. We want to increase the trade, accessibility of the farmers and practitioners to the market both within and outside their countries,” he mentioned.
“We have already come up with a framework. We believe this dialogue is going to enrich, that we will be ready with the draft and share it with a caucus of professionals who will analyse it to make sure it is customized to each country, then escalate it to the regional level,” he added.
Mr Warinda mentioned the regional policy is aimed toward having an expanded market base for commodities and commerce.
“We are going to come up with a good roadmap on how to increase trade, market accessibility and standardisation of our goods within the region,” he mentioned.
The programme officer in-charge of policy at Asareca, Ms Julian Barungi, mentioned the policy framework might be rolled out by means of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme-Expilar IV Project (CAADP-XP4 Project).
“We want to enable agricultural research and innovation, including extension services to contribute effectively to food and nutrition security, economic development and climate mitigation in Africa,” she mentioned.
Ms Barungi mentioned the policy framework will strengthen the operational capability of Asareca and its sub-regional accomplice organisations by means of enhancing collaboration inside the nationwide, sub-regional and continental agriculture analysis and extension organisations.
The director basic of studying agriculture, meals and safety in authorities of South Sudan, Mr John Pangech, mentioned the reform policy will assist deal with challenges confronted by nations in the agricultural sector.
“There is a decline of agricultural performance in our country. Farmers are having low rotations, deficiency in technologies and lack of opportunities in terms of market, among other issues we face that we hope the policy will solve,” he mentioned.
The Asareca member states embrace Burundi, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.