Uganda's Government Urged to Develop Water Management Guidelines – The Ankole Times

Uganda’s Government Urged to Develop Water Management Guidelines

Thursday, October 19, 2023

In a gathering marking World Food Day, the Food and Agriculture Country Representative, Antonio Querido, emphasized the necessity for the government to establish policies to regulate water management practices across various sectors. The event, celebrated under the theme “Water is Life. Water is Food. Leave no one behind,” took place at the National Coffee Research Institute (NaCORI) in Mukono district.

Antonio Querido stressed the importance of not taking water for granted and urged individuals to make informed choices regarding their water usage. He emphasized that such actions are essential to prevent flooding disasters and pollution.

Agriculture, a sector where 70% of freshwater resources are directed, was a focal point of concern for Querido. He emphasized the need for a shift in food production methods, warning that failing to do so could result in food insecurity. He pointed out that extreme weather events, droughts, and flooding are already straining food systems, with smallholder farmers, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, women, youth, migrants, and refugees, being the most vulnerable.

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Querido also stressed the importance of securing an adequate water supply for agriculture, particularly in semi-arid and arid regions, while simultaneously addressing the competing water needs of various economic activities.

Minister for Agriculture, Frank Tumwebaze, who presided as the chief guest at the event, praised development partners for their support, especially in extending water-for-production technologies to regions facing water scarcity. Tumwebaze acknowledged the efforts of development partners, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in establishing water-for-production facilities in various districts across central Uganda, Karamoja, Teso, West Nile, and South-Western Uganda.

Notably, FAO is implementing hydrant irrigation systems in Katakwi and Kaberemaido districts, covering 100 acres of irrigated land in Teso, and has also established micro-level water-for-production facilities in Karamoja, West Nile, and Southwestern Uganda.

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