Under the European Union funded project to the tune of UGX 456 million, Northern Uganda is on the road to recovery in the Agriculture sector. The Agriculture Livelihood Recovery programme (ALREP) had 67 projects commissioned and constructed in Katakwi and Amuria districts.
The Minister of State for Teso Affairs, Hon. Christine Amongin Aporu commissioned 8 market shades, water harvesting facilities in Toroma Sub County in Katakwi District, 3 cattle crushes in Ngariam Sub County, Omodoi Sub County and Magoro Sub Count on 26th to 27th of November 2013.
Agriculture is a core sector of Uganda’s economy. It contributed about 23% of GDP at current prices in 2011. Agricultural exports accounted for 48.5% of total exports in 2012. The sector provides the basis for growth in other sectors such as manufacturing and services.
Uganda is a landlocked country bordered by Kenya in the east, Sudan in the north, Democratic Republic of the Congo in the west, Rwanda in the southwest and Tanzania in the south.
Uganda’s total land area is 241,559 sq km. About 37,000 sq km of this area is occupied by open water while the rest is land. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which it shares with Kenya and Tanzania.
Uganda’s total surface area covered by water is 18%. The major lakes include Victoria, Albert, and George/Edward. There are also over 160 minor lakes and many rivers, floodplains, swamps and man made fishing ponds all of which are critical fish breeding and nursery grounds. Fisheries resources are among the most significant natural endowments in Uganda not only because of their magnitude and diversity, but also because they represent a major source of protein in the diet of most Ugandan, in addition to employment and income for over 1 million people.