Don’t politicise Naads – minister

Luweero. The State Minister for Higher Education, Dr John C Muyingo, has warned implementers of the National Agricultural Aisory Services (Naads) project against politicising it in order to ensure wealth creation.
“Wealth creation projects should not be politicised. The decision by government to overhaul the Naads programme was to ensure that all people benefit and not a few,” Dr Muyingo told village chairpersons of Zirobwe Sub-county in Luweero District on Monday.
“It is true that the farm inputs being distributed under the Naads programme may not be enough for all the farmers but deliberate sidelining of a particular group of people basing on who they support for particular political offices is not good,” he added.

Chiefs cry out
The minister was responding to claims by some chairpersons that implementers of the new Naads programme had deliberately decided to isolate them from the process yet farmers turn to them as leaders when they fail to access the farm inputs.
“I have never been invited for meetings where these farm inputs are distributed. Farmers in my Katiiti village have never been considered in this new programme. This is the reason why some of us have remained silent over this programme,” Mr Peter Mwanje, a village defence secretary, said.
The LC chiefs claimed that politics of division was affecting development projects in Zirobwe.
“We need to bury politics of hatred and work for development as leaders,” Ms Jane Nakanwaji the LC3 vice chairperson, said.
In June, President Museveni directed that UPDF monitor government agricultural programmes.

He accused Naads coordinators of failing the programme.

Dr Muyingo said farmers should be given the opportunity to tap the available market for agriculture products in South Sudan “because we have a major route linking us to the market where the products can be sold”.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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