LEGs is a USD 43 million project funded by the Islamic Development Bank and implemented in 10 districts to address water for production, agriculture production, infrastructure and food security challenges, under the Ministry of Local Government.
Erias Byakagaba, the Kakooga Parish LCII Chairperson, says the affected people have now sought refuge in the homes of their neighbors. He calls for government’s intervention to provide the families some food relief and essentials items.
In 2017, the government of Uganda constructed the Kasunganyanja Banana Loading Bay and Aggregation Centre in Kibiito Sub County. The objective of the centre was to bring together banana farmers in the district to determine uniform prices for bananas before selling them within and outside the district.
The tractors were their major sources of income since they would be hired to farmers to use them in ploughing their fields. The veterans would charge 70,000 shillings for each hectare ploughed, and would at least save 200, 000 shillings daily. However, the tractors are grounded and efforts to have them repaired have been futile.
According to Bintamanya, Rubona has become so useless that when Operation Wealth Creation - OWC was recently tasked by President Museveni to procure 150 heifers for Rwengaju model parish farmers in Kabarole but they only managed to buy 70 cows from Bushenyi district at Shillings 2.5 million
The MPs were also concerned about the dilapidated structures at the farm. The three buildings have several cracks resulting from the 1994 earthquake which hit parts of Tooro Kingdom. The roofs are also leaking and the farm floods when it rains.
For the past nine months, the sub county which is the largest producer of rice in the Tooro region and neighbours Kasese district, has been experiencing a dry spell that destroyed several rice fields and maize plantations. The dry spell forced farmers to abandon their gardens and were left with nothing to sell and consume.
Emiku tells this committee that last season, NAADS only took 29metric tonnes of maize seeds leaving them stuck with at least 700metric tonnes. He says he fears the failure to supply these seeds leaves them wasted.
Musinguzi polled nine votes while his sole challenger Moses Ikagobya recorded five votes. The voting exercise was undertaken by 14 councilors, who were all members of the original District Council representing the sub counties within the new district.