Simon Nangiro, the Nakapiripirit district LC V chairperson, said the land in Karamoja is fertile but people can’t manage to till the land for commercial farming due to lack of farm machines.
Ministry of Agriculture,
Animal Industry and Fisheries-MAAIF will provide farm tools such as tractors
and drying equipment to serious farmers in Karamoja, the Minister Vincent
Ssempijja has revealed.
He was speaking during the launch of phase two of
Karamoja feeds Karamoja program on Friday, which is jointly being implemented
by the government of Uganda and the UN World food program on Friday. The project
which is aimed at promoting agriculture in Karamoja provides farmers market for
their maize produce to discourage them from depending on handouts.
Ssempijja’s promise was prompted by the outcry from farmers in Nakapiripirit on
the challenge they face to open large farmland. Betty Nakiru, one of the
farmers in Namalu, said they would want to compete with farmers in other parts
of the country to increase their production but they lack farm tools.
“How I wish
the government could provide us with tractors. Just only for four years, we
would be the best farmers in the country,” She said. Simon Nangiro, the Nakapiripirit
district LC V chairperson, said the land in Karamoja is fertile but people
can’t manage to till the land for commercial farming due to lack of farm
Last year the UN world food program under the Karamoja feeds
Karamoja project bought maize worth Shillings 500 million from farmers in the region. “It’s all about modernization, If our people are given tractors, trust me,
Karamoja will be a food basket for the whole country,” he said.
response, Ssempijja assured the farmers that everything they need would be
given to them provided they don’t fail to make use of the machines. “It’s our
interest to see Karamoja producing a lot of food that can be used even for
feeding other regions in the country we will work and see how we can deliver
those machines,” he said.
John Byabagambi, the Karamoja Affairs Minister backed
the farmer’s request for tractors, saying Karimojong have now turned into
Agriculture and that they need to be supported. “The Karimojongs are very
hardworking people and when you hear them asking for something, they will
utilize it very well,” he said. Until recently, Pastoralism has been the mainstay of Karamoja.