Farmers warn UPDF on inputs

LwengoBukomansimbi. Farmers in Lwengo District have warned the UPDF against supplying poor quality agricultural inputs.
UPDF, under Operation Wealth Creation unit, recently took over some roles of Naads coordinators including distribution of farm inputs.
Recently, President Museveni and his Cabinet approved the programme, which will be supervised by Brig Elly Kayanja, the former Operation Wembly boss.
The programme is intended at commercialising agriculture and lifting Ugandans out of poverty.
Operation Wealth Creation started some years back as an army scheme targeting retired soldiers and NRM bush-war supporters. However some Naads activities have been assimilated in the scheme. This was after the President accused the agency, composed mostly of civil servants, of inefficiency and corruption.
During a meeting of farmers at Malongo Sub-county headquarters in Lwengo District to receive about 45,000 coffee seedlings, Mr Valerie Bogere, a farmer in Lwengo, asked UPDF to guard against providing sub standard inputs and engaging in corruption which has dogged several government programmes.
Mr Bogere criticised government of failing to punish people in Naads who had failed the programme.
Mr Quraish Ssemakula, the chairman of Lwengo Sub-county, urged UPDF to set up a verification committee comprising of technocrats who will check the quality of the inputs before delivering to farmers.
However, Maj Paul Ssamba, the regional Operation Wealth Creation supervisor assured farmers that UPDF has guidelines which make it dangerous for any soldier to go against.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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