The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Mr Tress Bucanayandi, has, in what appears to be a pointer at a rift within government over the future management of the National Agricultural Aisory Services (Naads), poured cold water on the army’s ability to run the programme.
President Museveni while speaking in Mukono last month indicated that Naads will be restructured with the army taking the front in its implementation.
Speaking in Mayuge in January during the NRM Day celebrations and recently in Mukono, Mr Museveni indicated that the Naads coordinators are to be replaced and the money that has until now been spent on administration channelled towards helping the farmers, especially the veterans.
However, while officiating at the closure of the 22nd edition of the Source of the Nile National Agriculture and Trade Show in Jinja on Sunday, Mr Bucanayandi said the army cannot run this programme alone as it lacks the technical expertise to do so.
Mr Bucanayandi, who claimed that Mr Museveni’s statement on the direction that the management of Naads would take was misinterpreted, said that the army’s role will be confined to playing a supervisory role.
The minister also indicated that what is being construed as restructuring of the programme would be limited to the dropping of Naads coordinators who would be replaced with agricultural extension workers.
Minister Bucanayandi has in the meantime assured Ugandan farmers of government’s commitment to supporting them through subsidiary components and programmes like Naads to enable them improve on production.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor