Luwero-Rwenzori Beneficiaries Stuck With Seeds

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The beneficiaries who include veterans, youths and widows are yet to benefit from the program. Some of the seeds that were distributed are rotting away in the houses while some of the beneficiaries are selling away the seeds to farmers.

Morethan 500 beneficiaries under the Luweero-Rwenzori development program inKabarole district are stuck with seeds. In 2010, government launched theprogram to help improve the livelihood of communities affected by the 1981-1986NRA guerrilla war and the 1996-2003 Allied Democratic Forces rebel insurgency.

Throughthe program, government distributed maize, beans, coffee seeds, pineapplesuckers and orange seedlings to beneficiaries to boost their productivity.However, the beneficiaries most of them including veterans, youths and widowsare yet to benefit from the program. Someof the seeds that were distributed are rotting away in the houses while some ofthe beneficiaries are selling them away to farmers.  In Rubona Sub County, more than3 tons of maize seeds were distributed. Steven Bamanyisa, a beneficiary saysthat he was surprised to receive maize seeds yet he hasnever practiced agriculture.  He also says that he has noland where to plant the seeds.   Bamanyisasays that the four sacks of maize seeds that he received seven months ago arerotting away in his house.   //Cuein: "I have no land… Cueout: "…they are being wasted."//  ChristineMwine, another beneficiary blames the district authorities for poor planning.She says that the beneficiaries should have been consulted before the seedswere distributed. Mwine says that she is planning to sell the five sacks ofmaize she received to farmers. 
Accordingto Mwine, the beneficiaries advised the district authorities to give themheifers or goats but they refused. She says it's a pity that the program isfailing as a result of incompetence on the part of the technical people sayingsuch practices don't only affect farmers but government that invests millionsof shillings in buying such inputs.  
Nicholas Ochakara, the Chief Administrative Officer Kabarole says that he issurprised the beneficiaries haven't utilized the seeds. He explains that theseeds were distributed based on the list that was provided by the sub countyauthorities.  
Hehowever says that the district is yet to do a verification exercise toascertain what each beneficiary is supposed to get. The Luweero-Rwenzoridevelopment program has in the past come under criticism for beingincompetence.  Inareas where the program is rolling out, the beneficiaries have accused thegovernment of supplying fake seeds and including ghost beneficiaries, leavingout the genuine ones.  Otherdistricts benefiting from the 540billion shillings program are Luweero,Lyantonde, Masaka, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Lwengo, Masindi, Kiryandongo,Mbarara, Mityana, Mpigi, Gombe, Mukono and Buikwe amongst others.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.