In August 2017, the OWC coordinators delivered 25 heifers in Lwengo and Masaka districts respectively; which they said were of good quality breed. However, most of the beneficiaries complain that they were given poor quality animals some of which were sick and have since died.
General Saleh said that at the beginning of 2014, 29 million mango seedlings were distributed across the country but added that he was shocked when OWC coordinators in all the districts told him that the seedlings, including those that had started growing, have dried up.
During a council session held on Thursday at the Sub-county headquarters, the leaders observed that OWC program has become ineffective due to poor cooperation between the coordinators and the beneficiaries.
Do not collect what you dont want. Why should you ask for the seedlings then keep them in your house I want a law that will punish such people, President Museveni told farmers in Katebwa sub county, Kabarole district.
Anthony Ojuka, the District Secretary for Production and Natural Resources, reveals that the animals are part of the 124 heifers which were distributed to farmers in Ngetta, Adekokwok and Agweng sub counties in September this year.
President Museveni noted that through the recent survey conducted in Busoga region, out of the seeds distributed, 40 have dried up due to lack of watering. He advised farmers to uptake different measures such as irrigation using bottles to ensure that the seeds survive.
Captain Twaha Ewama, the Coordinator Operation Wealth Creation Arua District, says they decided to conducted parallel germination tests because they are not ready to compromise on the quality of the inputs delivered to farmers
Dimintiriya Byobona, a resident of Bugomba village is one of the farmers who have abandoned sugar cane growing in favor of coffee. Byobona owns 31 acres of land, which has been using for sugar cane growing.
Some seed companies in the country are packaging grain for supply to government\'s Operation Wealth Creation Programme. Many districts are reporting failure by the seed to germinate almost at the time when the rains are coming to an end.