According to residents, an unspecified number of Rwandan nationals from
Gisuru village in Nyagatare district, Nothern Province illegally crossed into the area early this year and grabbed two hectares of land on Kyaninanuunu hill in Rukore village, Kahondo parish, five kilometers inside Uganda’s territory.
The scheme which was completed in January 2019 was constructed under a presidential directive issued in 2017 following a public outcry on a prolonged dry spell which had resulted into food insecurity forcing families to survive on mangoes and spear grass.
Banana Bacteria Wilt disease, locally known as Kiwotoka, is mostly observed on plants after the maiden sucker stage. It is characterized by purse-like liquid, yellowing, wilting which starts with the leaves, and ripening of premature bananas. The destructive wilt has the capacity to wipe the plantation by over 90 percent.
The launch of the project in the districts of Kabale, Rukiga and Rubanda has flopped following a disagreement between local leaders and officials from the Agriculture Ministry. The disagreement was stirred by a suggestion that the funds to support the project in Rukiga and Rubanda districts will be wired to the Kabale District Bank Account.
Veterinary authorities in the districts of Kabale and Rukiga are on the spot for charging farmers before vaccinating their animals against Ovine rinderpest disease. The farmers say veterinary officers charge two thousand shillings for each animal vaccinated. Lawrence Boonabana, another concerned farmer from Kangondo in Rwamucucu sub county, Rukiga district, says he paid forty thousand shillings to a veterinary officer before vaccinating his twenty goats.
Each farmer was charged 12,000shillings before receiving onion seeds. However, farmers claim that they were shocked during harvesting time when onions failed to form bulbs for them to sell and get money as they were expecting.
Mugabe accuses Operation Wealth Creation coordinators for delaying the distribution of seedlings to the farmers well knowing that the months ahead receive little or no rain that cannot support coffee and tea seedlings to survive.
Turyeingana, a resident of Kibingwe cell, in Kabale District is said to have sold a heifer that was given to his wife Adellah Aheisibwe last year as part of the government program started to enhance household participation in commercial agricultural production. The heifer was valued at 1.8 million Shillings.
Several farmers have reportedly taken money from middlemen approving a pre-harvest sale of food crops, some of which are at weeding stage. Desperate farmers often sale off Irish and sweet potato gardens, sorghum, peas and beans, far in advance of the actual production of the crops.
The pledge, made in 2012, was to enable youth leaders to elevate their income. The would-be beneficiaries include nine youth council leaders, five National Resistance Movement NRM party Youth League leaders and two District youth Councilors.
Coordinators in Kabale say that they supplied ten thousand apple seedlings to farmers across the District late last year. But persons, whose names appear on the list of beneficiaries, have disowned the contents of the report.
Findings of the survey, conducted early this year in Kigezi region and in Ntugamo district, show that departments that deal with Gender Based Violence especially are the least facilitated especially within the Uganda Police Force, a major obstacle to timely investigations.