KCCA gives out chicks to boost urban farming

Kampala Capital City Authority is distributing one-day-old chicks in a bid to boost urban agriculture as a way to improve livelihoods of city residents.

About 600 farmers in Nakawa and Makindye municipalities have received 50,000 chicks and start up feeds. They are the first batch of beneficiaries under a Naads programme to empower youths through agriculture.

It is part of the National Agricultural Aisory Services (Naad)ampaign to promote urban farming and attracting youths to home-based income generating projects.

Lobby government
While at the official hand over of the chicks at the two divisions’ headquarters, Jennifer Musisi, KCCA executive director urged the beneficiaries not to sell off the chicks for quick gains.

“Better results are achieved through hardship and proper management. I appeal to you to carry out poultry as you were trained by our technical officers,” Musisi said. “Take good care of the chicks. Do not sell them off like other people have been doing in the past.”

Musisi asked the various farmers’ groups to lobby the government to increase Naads funding to urban farmers. She assured Kampala residents that KCCA will supervise and manage its projects because of its good record in service delivery.

Beneficiaries, like Sarah Magala, said: “I thank God that I am a beneficiary because it will give a boost to my farm.”

Other municipalities that have benefited from this project are Nakawa with 276 farmers receiving 25,000 chicks. According to KCCA, at least 1,100 farmers from all five divisions of Kampala will benefit from this NAADs programme.

Having started in 20112012, this financial year, KCCA received Shs1.2b which it plans to boost urban farming. KCCA hosts a number of projects at its demonstration farm in Kyanja, which include piggery, Kuroiler chicken and green houses.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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