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Ensuring the sustainable availability of affordable quality seeds and planting materials in Uganda: A review of Uganda’s draft national seed policy

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Date: 27/02/2015

Introduction:

 Uganda’s draft national seed policy has serious loopholes, gaps and challenges. This is the conclusion of a study by Ronald Naluwairo and Julian Barungi of Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), Uganda, who examined the potential of the draft national seed policy, major seed legislation and the key public sector seed establishments to ensure the sustainable availability and accessibility of affordable quality seed and planting materials. The major issue with the Seeds and Plant Act 2006 (Uganda’s major seed legislation) is the lack of relevant regulations and guidelines to ensure its effective implementation. The report presents recommendations that, if effectively implemented, could improve the implementation of the national seed policy and seed legislation and would enhance Uganda’s seed infrastructure and public funding arrangements. (Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), 2014)

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