1962 to 1979 - Uganda`s Agriculture After Independence 1962-1979

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, due to the poor leadership of Presidents Dr. Milton Obote and Gen Idi Amin Dada, there was widespread political insecurity, mismanagement, and a lack of adequate resources seriously eroded incomes from commercial agriculture. Production levels in general were lower in the 1980s than in the 1960s. Technological improvements had been delayed by economic stagnation, and agricultural production still used primarily unimproved methods of production on small, widely scattered farms, with low levels of capital outlay. Other problems facing farmers included the disrepair of the nation’s roads, the nearly destroyed marketing system, increasing inflation, and low producer prices. These factors contributed to low volumes of export commodity production and a decline in per capita food production and consumption in the late 1980s. The decline in agricultural production, if sustained, posed major problems in terms of maintaining export revenues and feeding Uganda’s expanding population. Despite these serious problems, agriculture continued to dominate the economy

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