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Budget Cuts On Key Ministries Could Lead To Food Insecurity

Budget Cuts On Key Ministries Could Lead To Food Insecurity

Concern is rising that budget cuts to key ministries like Agriculture may lead to food insecurity. In December 2022, the government tabled the draft budget estimates for the financial year 2023-24.

The projected expenditure had been increased by Shs1.8 trillion from Shs48.1 trillion in the current financial year to Shs49.9 trillion.

However, to note, if agriculture doesn’t receive more resources, with unstable weather patterns, food will become more expensive. This is according to Action Against Hunger USA-Uganda mission Advocacy coordinator, Mariam Makiroll.

“To guarantee the food and nutrition security is that the entities that are responsible in ensuring that we have sufficient food for the population in 2023-2024 budget have received budget cuts,” she said.

She gave an example of the budget for the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) which is currently at Shs1.11 billion. She said this is projected to fall to just Shs940 million in the financial year 2023-24.

This means that the organization will have to cut on its services which will affect the supply of food in the country. Therefore, Ugandans will have to dig deeper into their pockets just to afford ordinary food.

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