New Program to Ease Access to Energy for Ugandans in Agriculture

Power for All, a global network targeting a power accessibility to end poverty, is rallying stakeholders to increase accessibility to affordable power across the agriculture value chain in Uganda.          

The network of 250 organisations has partnered with local and regional renewable energy equipment suppliers to develop models that will ensure that Ugandan involved in agriculture can access affordable systems.         

Electricity access in Uganda is estimated at 30 percent, but the figure goes higher when off-grid consumers, especially solar energy users, are included.

However, with only a fifth of the rural population accessing power, it means, the agricultural sector is hardly powered.        

In the research findings issued today, Power for All says most low-cost renewable power sources are very undeveloped, save for powered irrigation, which is nearing maturity.     

 The campaign dubbed “Powering Agriculture in Uganda and the Productive Use of Renewable Energy” aimed at enabling all stages in the value chain, including the farm, drying and processing and have adequate power supply.             

The Chief of Research at Power for All, Rebekah Shirley says their research shows that powering certain projects automatically increases the demand for power itself, citing the construction of a mini grid in Nakasajja in Mukono.           

A Private power equipment supplier, Tulima Solar Uganda, as well as the Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company, are some of those that have joined the partnership.

Vincent Seremba, Tulima Uganda Chief Executive says, they already have experience working with rural and poor smallholder farmers and this partnership will help they take on more of them.    

Caroline Babigumira, an official from Uganda Energy Credit Capitalisation Company was optimistic that the program will get financing especially through cooperatives and solar equipment companies that supply products on higher purchase.    


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