Between 2008 and 2018 the previous National Rice Development Strategy was a key policy document guiding the production of rice in Uganda right across the sector. This year the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is reviewing the strategy and is therefore collecting input from different stakeholders with a view to developing a new strategy document for the period 2020-2030.
Several stakeholders were invited to an intersectoral meeting in the Ugandan capital Kampala on 12 June 2019, among them representatives from the private sector (including large-scale processors such as SWT Tanners Limited), the chairs of the Rice Millers Council and the Rice Farmers Association of Uganda, and scientists from the National Agricultural Research Organisation.
The meeting was chaired by Alex Lwakuba, Commissioner Crop Production, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. He highlighted the fact that smallholder rice farmers were contributing to the degradation of wetlands, resulting in more floods and droughts. They should therefore be stopped from growing rice in wetlands.