Jinja- Member countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have said honey produced in the Karamoja sub-region is the best in the region.
The declaration was made in Jinja last Thursday during a two-day meeting organised to evaluate development initiatives being undertaken by the member countries.
Evaluation of the honey was carried out as part of a programme funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The organisation funds farmers’ fields and agro pastoral field schools which conduct lessons in crop and animal production in selected areas.
Delegates from member countries of Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, and Tanzania commended the honey processed in Napak District for its quality.
The delegates noted that Uganda and Ethiopia, which used to lag behind in terms of regional development, have since taken over from leaders such as Kenya in the programme that involves sensitising stakeholders.
“Previously, we could see Kenya at the forefront of every programme being implemented in the region, but currently, Uganda and Ethiopia are bypassing us and I am not surprised to hear that this honey from Karamoja is the best,” said Ms Caroline Agosa Kirungu, a delegate from Kenya, who is also a climatologist with the centre.
Napak District chairperson Joseph Lomonyang said the good quality honey being produced in his district is a product of the FAO-funded farmer field schools
Nakapiripit District chairperson John Lorot said Karamoja region has also started producing food crops such as maize, millet and potatoes.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor