Uganda: Leading the Poor Is Painful – Bishop

Dr Charles Lagu, the Mbarara Zonal Agriculture Development Officer, said they will work with religious institutions to transform the lives of the people they serve

South Ankole Diocese bishop Rev Nathan Ahimbisibwe has said leading poor Christians is so painful that most of the time is spent on attending to sorrows of the flock.

"If you lead a poor church, every time you will be attending to the sick, burying the dead and that's why as a diocese, we want to see that there is socio-economic transformation of our people," Bishop Ahimbisibwe said.

He was speaking during the assessment of the progress of the pasture improvement project being carried out by the diocese in collaboration with the National Agriculture Advisory Services in Kyamate, Ntungamo District, on Tuesday.

He said the partnership is key to addressing socio-economic challenges facing the community.

Dr Charles Lagu, the Mbarara Zonal Agriculture Development Officer, said they will work with religious institutions to transform the lives of the people they serve.

He said the partnership with South Ankole Diocese started in February and the harvesting and seed extraction is set for next month. The diocese gave them 17 acres of land, provided irrigation facility for the project and fenced off the land. Naads provided seedlings, technical labour, weeding and will also undertake the harvesting.

Benefits

Dr Lagu said the project will be used for seed multiplication and making hay that will benefit the diocese and farmers.

Pasture species under this project are chloris gayana, lablab and napier grass. For the first harvest, they expect between 200 and 250 kilogrammes of seedlings and between 20 and 25 tonnes of hay.

Mr Tom Muhoozi, the director Naads board, said they are committed to involving as many partners as possible to help transform the country to a middle income economy through agriculture.

Source: The Monitor.

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