UNBS rolls out simplified guidelines in local languages

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified standards awareness campaigns amongst the farmers to improve the quality of their produce.

With support from DFID through the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) project and the lead implementer British Standards Institution (BSI), UNBS simplified and translated key standards and guideline documents in selected value chains; Pineapples, Rice, Soybean, Sheanut, and Avocados.

Over 600 farmers in the districts of Kabarole, Hoima, Ibanda, Kasese, Kayunga, Kiboga, Otuke, Lira, Soroti, Agago, Sironko/Mbale, Bugiri, and Amuru benefitted from the standards trainings conducted between September and December 2019.

UNBS has now kicked off phase 2 of the CSN project, with translation of the simplified guidelines to more languages like Lugwere, Lukonzo, Kumam for rice guidelines and Lusoga, Lukonzo, Kumam, Lugwere, Runyankole for soybeans.

The previous language versions (Luganda, Lango, Lumasaaba, Ateso, Acholi and Runyoro-Rutooro) have also been reprinted, making way for a continuation of the hands on standards training and expansion into new areas where five crops (with emphasis on rice and soybeans) are grown.

72,000 brochures of simplified standards guidelines printed by UNBS have been handed over to Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) for distribution to farmers in various regions of the country in a bid to create awareness on Standards.

UNBS has further trained thirty-two (32) farmer Trainers of Trainers (ToTs) nominated by Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) about the technical and practical application of the underlying standards in the simplified guideline brochures, to ease their training of the farmers at the grassroots.

The development is aimed at improving market access for agricultural products and improving the standards of living for the farmer community in Uganda.

About UNBS

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing and promoting standards, quality products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.

For more information please contact;

Sylvia Kirabo,

Principal Public Relations Officer,

Uganda National Bureau of Standards,

Bweyogerere Industrial Park,

Plot 2 – 12, Kyaliwajala Road,

P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda

Tel: 0703196903

E-mail: sylvia.kirabo@unbs.go.ug

Website: www.unbs.go.ug