An agricultural expert has confirmed that Uganda is guaranteed food security over the coming year, after last season bought a bumper harvest of crops.

Speaking at a seminar designed to analyse the impact of the seasonal weather forecast between September-December 2001, Annunciata Hakuza Nkeza said that she expects a similarly good harvest in the second season: "We have not yet completed compiling the data on the harvest, but the indications we have are that crops performed well in the whole country.

"There was a bumper harvest of maize in Busoga, Hoima and Masindi, and sorghum in Kisoro and Kabale," she added.

Within the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Nkeza oversees early warning and food security functions and she advised farmers to continue planting crops

A major meteorologist, A.W. Majugu, argued however that planting randomly at this point in the season might be pointless. Farmers should select quick maturing crops, he warned, because the crop-growing period is now halved.

Moderated by the Assistant Commissioner for Meteorology, Aliphaz Bazira, the seminar was also attended by, among others, officials from the Prime Minister's office, the MAAIF, and the Water resource department.