FRIDAY, 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020: LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURE
ISAIAH 51:15-16 (NKJV)
15But I am the Lord your God,
Who divided the sea whose waves roared—
The Lord of hosts is His name.
16And I have put My words in your mouth; [Emphasis Added]
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth, [Emphasis Added]
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
JEREMIAH 1:9,10 (ESV)
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
EZEKIEL 37: 3-5, 7, 9, 10
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, [Emphasis Added] O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live….
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, [Emphasis Added] and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone…
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, [Emphasis Added] Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on
these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, [Emphasis Added] and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he
came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, [Emphasis Added] “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. [Emphasis Added]
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, [Emphasis Added] whoever says to this mountain, [Emphasis Added] Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says [Emphasis Added] will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, [Emphasis Added] believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
GUIDING TEXT FOR THE FASTING SEASON
1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And a cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge,
And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
5The foolish person will no longer be called generous,
Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
6For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the Lord,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7Also the schemes of the schemer are evil;
He devises wicked plans
To destroy the poor with lying words,
Even when the needy speaks justice.
8But a generous man devises generous things,
And by generosity he shall stand.
Day of the Week
Area of Focus
|24||Friday||11th September 2020||Livestock, Fisheries and Agriculture|
|25||Saturday||12th September 2020||Energy|
|26||Sunday||13th September 2020||Minerals|
|27||Monday||14th September 2020||Tourism and Hospitality|
|28||Tuesday||15th September 2020||Housing and Construction|
|29||Wednesday||16th September 2020||Entertainment and Celebration|
|30||Thursday||17th September 2020||Sports and Recreation|
|31||Friday||18th September 2020||International Cooperation|
|32||Saturday||19th September 2020||International Geopolitics|
|33||Sunday||20th September 2020||Africa, Israel and the Nations|
|34||Monday||21st September 2020||The Executive|
|35||Tuesday||22nd September 2020||Cabinet|
|36||Wednesday||23rd September 2020||Local Government|
|37||Thursday||24th September 2020||Public Service|
|38||Friday||25th September 2020||The Army and the Reserve Force|
|39||Saturday||26th September 2020||Border Control|
|40||Sunday||27th September 2020||Justice, Law and Order|
|41||Monday||28th September 2020||The Police and LDUs|
|42||Tuesday||29th September 2020||Prisons and Rehabilitation|
|43||Wednesday||30th September 2020||The Legislature|
|44||Thursday||1st October 2020||Political Organizations|
|45||Friday||2nd October 2020||The Electoral Commission|
|46||Saturday||3rd October 2020||The Electorate|
|47||Sunday||4th October 2020||The 2021 Elections|
|48||Monday||5th October 2020||Post- Election to Swearing-in|
|49||Tuesday||6th October 2020||Marketplace Restoration|
|50||Wednesday||7th October 2020||Dedicating the Decade 2020 -2029|
|Thursday||8th October 2020||Dedicating 2020/2021|
|Friday||9th October 2020||THANKSGIVING|
DATES TO NOTE
CONCLUDING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Monday, 5th October to Wednesday, 7th October 2020 (6 pm to 9 pm)
CONCLUDING NIGHT VIGIL & DEDICATION OF 2020/2021
Thursday, 8th October 2020
LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURE
Agriculture is the oldest profession mentioned in the Bible. Man was created to take care of the earth, covering crops, animals and sea creatures. Vegetation was provided to man for food. The fall of man led to the ground being cursed and began to produce thorns and thistles. Agriculture became challenging requiring more labour and yielding less than it did before. It is noteworthy that the Blood Jesus shed for redemption fell to the ground. Some of that blood came from wounds inflicted on his head by the crown of thorns hammered into his head by the Roman soldiers.
Agriculture is the major source of livelihood in Uganda. According to the Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS) 2016/17, the bigger proportion of the working population is engaged in agriculture, forestry and fishing (65%). The Agricultural sector accounted for the largest share of employment (36%). Among the females in the working population, 70% are engaged in agriculture compared to 58% of the males. The sector had a total contribution to GDP of 24.9 percent in the FY 2016/17 compared to 23.7 percent in FY 2015/16. The food crop sub sector registered the highest contribution within the agricultural sector of 13.6 percent in FY 2016/17, an increase from 12.1 percent in FY 2015/16.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, which is the Government ministry that oversees this sector derives its functions form the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, the Local Governments Act and the Public Service Reform Programme.
SCRIPTURES FOR PRAYER AND PROCLAMATION
“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,
DEUTERONOMY 28: 1-6
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his
commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.
Know well the condition of your flocks, give attention to your herds,
for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?
When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is
gathered, the lambs will provide your clothing,
and the goats the price of a field. There will be enough goats’ milk for your food,
for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls.
He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast
it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.
And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your livestock will graze in large pastures, and the oxen and the donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork.
WORSHIP GOD THE CREATOR OF LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURE FOR OUR FOOD AND LIVELIHOOD
For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.
Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
THANK GOD FOR:
- The leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.
- The fertile soils, two rainy seasons, abundant sunshine Uganda is blessed with.
- The variety of crops and animals that we have for food and production of products for sale – both internal and for export.
- The increased food production in this season; that enabled Ugandans to have affordable food that was available even to the most vulnerable.
- The generosity of Ugandans that enabled food distribution to those that were in need during lockdown.
- The agriculture (crop and animal) and fisheries sector that employs the majority of Ugandans and contributes highly to the export earnings.
PROCLAMATION FOR LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURE
A declaration of what we are praying for
God is raising leaders for the agriculture, animal industry and fisheries sector in Uganda that will
lead with righteousness and justice.
The policies, strategies and standards they formulate policies will drive the sector to its highest
levels of achievement
The agricultural infrastructure will be well developed and the sector will become mechanized in
multiple ways to become more efficient.
The country’s abundant water supplies will be harnessed for agricultural production
Livestock, crop and fisheries value chains will be well developed and supported for quality and
safety assurance and value addition
Sustainable systems to collect, process, maintain and disseminate agricultural statistics will
Households will be supported by the provision of planting and stocking materials and other
inputs to increase production and to commercialize the sector for food security
Human and institutional capacities will be strengthened, and financial and technical
resources for delivery of agricultural services mobilized
Cooperatives will once again play a key role in the sector
National, regional and international collaborative mechanisms on issues pertaining to the
sector will be developed and promoted
Local, regional and international export markets for the abundant produce will be
identified, accessed and sustained
Research will enable the development of appropriate agricultural technologies for improved
agricultural production, productivity and value addition
A robust system and institutional framework for agricultural data collection, analyses,
storage and dissemination to stakeholders will be established
Uganda’s soil will be conserved and safeguarded through practices like as rotational
farming, strip cropping, and terracing
Practices employed in agriculture will ensure that future generation’s ability to produce
food is not jeopardized
Epidemics, sporadic and endemic diseases, pests and vectors will be brought under control There will be proper use of medicines taking care to preserve Uganda’s organic produce
Uganda will achieve its tremendous potential in this sector and become a food basket for the world