The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) working in collaboration
with Uganda Seed Traders Association (USTA) and Integrated Seed Sector Development
(ISSD) is launching a nationwide campaign to create awareness and influence adoption of
quality seed by both subsistence and commercial farmers in Uganda. The campaign dubbed
“Golden Harvest” has been designed with a promise to farmers to “Celebrate greater yields”
only if they plant quality seed. The Campaign was officially unveiled by President Yoweri
Museveni during the opening of the Annual Agricultural Trade Fairin Jinja.
Speaking at the press conference in Jinja yesterday, the Director for Crop Resources in the
Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries; Mr. Okaasai Opolot said that the quality
seed that has been certified by the Ministry is clearly labeled.
“Quality seed comes in two categories. The certified seed that is produced and marketed by
seed companies bears a blue tamper proof label. We also have Quality Declared seed marked
with a green label. This is quality seed produced by farmers groups for saleto farmers within
their communities. The production process of both categories of seed is closely inspected and
The campaign will involve information dissemination through radio messages and community
engagements at the grass root level. The target audiences of the campaign are the rural
subsistence and semi-commercial farmers in Uganda.
In his brief remarks, the Deputy Chief of Party of Integrated Seed Sector Development Project,
Patrick Oyee noted that they are supporting the popularization of quality seed in order to
increase agricultural productivity so as to improvefood security at the household level.
Mr. Oyee emphasized that the ISSD program recognizes the importance of all system systems
in Uganda and will continue to give support to promote both the availability and use of quality
seed in Uganda.
“Ours is a long term strategy aimed at availing quality seed for every farmer by supporting all
the seed systems in Uganda. We have vibrant partnerships with NARO in in their ZARDIs in
Lira, Mbarara and Arua in West Nile in order to translate the scientific work done there into
While officiating at the press conference at the Jinja show grounds, the Minister of Agriculture,
Animal Industries and Fisheries; Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempija revealed that many
stakeholders in the agricultural sector in Uganda mention the limited availability of, and access
to quality seed as one of the main obstacles for increasing production and productivity levels.
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As such the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is supporting GoU in the
development of a vibrant seed sector, through the Integrated Seed Sector Development
Programme (ISSD). The programme is coordinated by Wageningen University and Research
Centre (WUR), Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), and implemented by Wageningen
UR Uganda, in partnership with NARO.
“There is growing interest and steps taken to invest in promotion of quality seed use which will
contribute to reduction of counterfeit seed and increases yields of smallholder farmers, thus
providing a multiplier effect to the investment in foundation seed and professionalising the
The “Golden Harvest” campaign will benefit both producers and distributors of quality seed in
For more information, please contact;
Kawuma Christine Menya
Project and Partnership Coordinator
Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Uganda
Studio House, Plot 5 Bandali Rise, Bugolobi
P. O. Box 20106, Kampala