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Ministry: Hungary, Uganda set to boost agriculture cooperation

An agriculture cooperation agreement between Hungary and Uganda can further strengthen the two countries' agriculture ties, opening up the African country to investors, Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy said after talks with Ugandan Minister of State for Animal Industry Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama in Kampala on Saturday.

Uganda offers serious opportunities for Hungary’s farming sector and businesses, Nagy said at the talks, according to a ministry statement. The country is a leading producer of banana and coffee, he said, adding, at the same time, that its manufacturing sector required further development. Also, Uganda’s growing population calls for improving the efficiency of its agricultural production, he added.

Hungary is prepared to share its experience with Uganda, Nagy said, adding that the signing of a bilateral agriculture cooperation agreement could strengthen that process.

Nagy also said they wanted to complete an aquaculture project that had been left unfinished, and take further steps in cooperation in science and education.

The minister also held talks with the rector of Kampala’s Kyambogo University, the statement said. Nagy noted that Hungary had successfully launched agricultural consultant training programmes with the university. He said even more emphasis needed to be placed on launching joint courses and PhD programmes, supporting student scholarships and the exchange of professionals.

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