Majority of the workforce in Uganda (72%) are employed by the Agricultural sector and up to 87% of these are the poor. A relatively tremendous increase of contribution of livestock of to the GDP of 4.2% (2010 2014) is a key indicator that investing in livestock by increasing productivity and commercialization are expected to reduce poverty (ASSP, 2016).
By 2020, Uganda targets to produce 3.35 billion Litres of milk and harness US$92Million in export of milk products. The country is also targeting attaining goat meat production of 39,775metric tons and up to US$421 in exports per year as well as up to 63,647 metric tons/year of poultry (ASSP, 2016). To contribute to this effort, NaLIRRI generated and is promoting technologies like dairy pellet, pasture improvement, feed conservation technologies to enhance increased milk yields.
Technologies such as Aflatoxin-binder feed additive for enhanced performance of broilers, genetic improvement of indigenous livestock breeds are being promoted to increase production of poultry and goat enterprises so as to meet the set targets.