Henk Jan Bakker, the Netherlands ambassador to Uganda, said the embassy’s decision to support the Best Farmers resulted out of the desire to help Uganda improve food security. He added that his country wants to help Uganda harness its agriculture because “We are moving away from aid to trade.”

He urged the winners to use their trip experience, when they return from Netherlands, to inspire  the country to promote bring excellence in the agricultural sector in Uganda.

“Our idea matches your idea of improving food security,” he said.

He said his country was impressed with vision Group’s innovation of rewarding best farmers and was committed to supporting future projects.

“This is a unique phenomenon, so each year, we are increasing the pool of best farmers our country supports,” he said.

“Since 2015, winners of the best farmers competition have been visiting Netherlands. We expect them to inspire Uganda and become our ambassadors here,” he said.