By George Businge
As part of efforts to promote national content, CNOOC Uganda contributed Shs20m towards the Hoima Farm Clinic held at Bulindi Zardi on 7th July 2018.
The farm clinic is intended to address issues on modern techniques of farming and below are some of the areas that will be covered: Seeds & varieties, Post harvest handling, Value addition, Economics and Sustainable land management (SLM). Farmers are equipped with advice, knowledge and ideas regarding modern profitable farming practices.
In the Industrial Baseline survey, Agriculture was one of the interventions that is required and CNOOC Uganda to tap into this forum to engage farmers to have the required standards and quality produce to ably supply to the oil and gas industry. Catering companies need food from the local agriculturalists and therefore the farmers were educated on quality, standards and needs as required by the oil and gas sector.
The farmers were happy to have CNOOC as they looked at this as opportunity to have markets their produce. CNOOC plans to hold a supplier development workshop with the farmers to further engage them to further prepare themselves especially for the construction period.
Aminah Bukenya, the Senior Public Relations Supervisor thanked Monitor Publication for the great initiative and urged farmers to prepare themselves so as to optimally benefit from the oil and gas industry.