Budget cuts for agriculture sector worry CSOs

Agriculture -->
Budget cuts for agriculture sector worry CSOs
A man picks cotton.

The recently announced 2024/25 budget by Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has sparked concerns among civil society organizations and district planners over the reduction of budget allocation for the agricultural sector.

These argue that the reduced budget allocation to agriculture comes at a critical time when the sector faces increasing threats from climate change.

Jessica Omodo, Programme Officer for Advocacy at Participating Ecological Land Management, said the cut in the budget allocated for the agricultural sector is contrary to the Malabo declaration of 2014 that Uganda subscribe to.

“By now, we should be witnessing a 10 per cent of the total national budget allocation towards agriculture. Agriculture is the backbone of the economy, but the allocation does not translate to the commitment,” says Omodo.

The concerns were raised during the budget listening-in and budget dialogue in Lira City.

Omodo said the government should consider repurposing the budget to maintain a strong focus on production and productivity within the agricultural sector.

“With the reduction of the agricultural budget allocation, it is very clear that the cut will affect the implementation of specific programme areas including community engagement, extension services and agricultural mechanization that the government has always promised to support farmers with,” Omodo said.

The recent budget read by Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija indicates the agricultural budget allocation decreased from Shs1.805 trillion in the financial year 2023/24 to the current Shs1.6 trillion, Richard Oboi, the district planner for Soroti District say will affect development plans at the lower local governments.

“Now the question is that if the budget at the national level has increased by up to 36 percent, what is the translation of the increases in other sectors? It means projects for this financial year will be affected. The increase is not in terms of capital expenditures,” says Oboi.

Lilly Opinya, model farmer in Amolatar district, said exclusion of views from farmers during the budgeting processes has been affecting the agricultural sector

Reader's Comments

RELATED ARTICLES

Kampala Restaurant Week ends with a bang
entertainment By Kenneth Kazibwe
4 hours ago
Kampala Restaurant Week ends with a bang
Kazinda again sues govt for refusing to set him free
court By Kenneth Kazibwe
18 hours ago
Kazinda again sues govt for refusing to set him free
Kalungu dilapidated schools struggle to educate learners
news By Zainab Namusaazi Ssengendo
19 hours ago
Kalungu dilapidated schools struggle to educate learners
An overview of  Uganda's Universal Primary Education 
news By Zainab Namusaazi Ssengendo
20 hours ago
An overview of  Uganda's Universal Primary Education 
LATEST STORIES

Museveni signs 19 Bills into law
top-stories By Samuel Muhimba
1 hour ago
Museveni signs 19 Bills into law
Prisons want deserter arrested over blackmail
top-stories By Samuel Muhimba
1 hour ago
Prisons want deserter arrested over blackmail
Aggravated defilement tops Masaka court's docket
court By Muhamadi Matovu
1 hour ago
Aggravated defilement tops Masaka court's docket
Why Trump picked JD Vance as his running mate
top-stories By NP admin
2 hours ago
Why Trump picked JD Vance as his running mate

Uganda to Introduce long-acting HIV prevention Injections
top-stories By Henry Mugenyi
2 hours ago
Uganda to Introduce long-acting HIV prevention Injections
Kampala Restaurant Week ends with a bang
entertainment By Kenneth Kazibwe
4 hours ago
Kampala Restaurant Week ends with a bang
Kagame wins with 99% after Opposition concedes defeat
top-stories By Jacobs Seaman Odongo
4 hours ago
Kagame wins with 99% after Opposition concedes defeat
Diana Museveni named new patron of Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary
top-stories By Lawrence Mushabe
18 hours ago
Diana Museveni named new patron of Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary