Minister Bwino revealed that the project, valued at US$ 350 million, received Cabinet approval last week and is now awaiting parliamentary endorsement for immediate implementation. 'Climate Smart Agriculture' will target 18 sub-regions, including Acholi, Karamoja, Lango, and West Nile sub-regions.
Dr. Jillian Adyeri Omalla, a farmer and Founder of Delight Uganda Limited, expressed optimism among farmers, citing the previous challenges of poor post-harvest management due to the lack of storage facilities and limited market access.
Cyril Champigny, TotalEnergies E&P Uganda Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Director told Uganda Radio Network in an interview Tuesday that the milestone is a great achievement for the project and the oil and gas industry in the country.
Dr. Isiah Odokorach, the Nwoya District Veterinary Officer, says that at least 50 animals presented with symptoms of the highly viral livestock disease during their assessments in three different kraals in Nyamokino Parish.
According to Kilama, the disease is ravaging the indigenous cassava variety and the hybrid NASE series which are susceptible to cassava brown streak disease. He notes that the consistent outbreak of the disease has negatively impacted cassava farming in the district due to low yield arguing that it is a threat to food security and household income.
The farmers under Delight Farm say that they have been able to set up more than 1,200 acres of fruit farms including mangoes, guava, and citrus in anticipation of a fruit factory as committed by the government.
Stephen Asiimwe, the PSFU Chief Executive Officer disclosed that the beneficiaries were supported under the Lead Firm Structure Young Africa Project which aims at transforming the economic livelihoods of individuals.
The cases were confirmed at a livestock farm in Nyamokino Parish in Lungulu Sub-county where samples from cattle suspected to have been infected were picked and tested last month. At least 50 cattle, presented with signs and symptoms of the highly contagious viral disease at the farm in early December, according to veterinary officials.
According to Kilama, although no death has been reported, they have decided to conduct thorough investigations to establish facts since some farmers could be hoarding information with the intention of making sales during the festive season.
Allan Ssempebwa, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Communications Manager told Uganda Radio Network - URN in an interview that although their team rushed on the ground to monitor the situation, they couldn't intervene due to the high water levels.
The road is a major business route serving as the main connection to West Nile, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It has however been in poor shape for several years, with many of the road sections having developed large potholes and gullies, often paralysing normal traffic flow.
Emmanuel Orach, the Nwoya district chairperson told members of the community on Friday that this is one of the initiatives to see that Nwoya district go green adding that it is a great stride to saving the environment.