The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through the SPGS Phase III Project, has supported 30 key players in Uganda’s forestry sector- including timber traders, forest owners, managers, supervisors and trainers- to hone their skills in timber grading, pursuant of the ongoing development of Uganda’s timber grading standard.
Members of the Steering Committee of the Sawlog Production Grant Scheme (SPGS) Phase III Project have proposed some recommendations to promote sustainability of the commercial forestry sector in Uganda, while at the same time improving the environment and fostering economic growth. SPGS III is a Project of the Government of Uganda, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support private sector investment in commercial tree planting.
The SPGS III Project took part in a national exhibition to highlight the contribution of various players in the agriculture and development sectors, as part of the 27th National Agriculture Show held from 13 -21 July 2019 in Jinja, eastern Uganda. The theme for this year’s show was “Agricultural Technology and Innovation for Farmer-led Agro Industrialization”; presenting the Project with an opportunity to interact with show-goers about innovations and good practice in commercial forestry and tree planting.
Passionate, committed, entrepreneurial and visionary Gideon Ssekidde, 35, is a forest contractor with many years of experience, gained while working with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and Planet Green World- a private forest contracting firm. After about six years he embarked on what could potentially be a long and lonely yet rewarding journey of establishing his own business. In 2017, he opened Green Belt Environmental Consult Limited, providing forest contracting services including mapping, planning, demarcation, plantation establishment and maintenance.