The implementation of the Operation Wealth Creation program in Lira district is facing hurdles due to the persistent late distribution of planting materials.
Farmers in Amach, Agali, Agweng and Aromo sub counties in Lira district often complain of late distribution of planting materials.
In October last year, farmers in Agali Sub County declined to receive over 200 bags of improved cassava cutting citing late delivery. Between February and April this year, farmers in the district received maize and beans seeds, together with citrus seedlings but they failed to plant them due to inadequate rain.
Bosco Okello, a commercial farmer in Ngetta Sub County says he was unable to plant over 100 citrus seedlings he received about a month ago since there was no rain. Adding that he was never consulted before he was given the seedlings.
Peter Odyek, another farmer in Adekokwok Sub County, says they are never consulted on the nature of support they need from the program. He says competent farmers are often left out on the program and faulted those tasked to select beneficiaries including Sub County chiefs, parish chiefs and Gombolola Internal Security Officers.
Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukumoi, the Lira Resident District Commissioner admits receiving complaints from farmers about late distribution of farm inputs.
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But Col. Bosco Omure, the coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation program in Lango sub region, blames the late delivery of planting materials to procurement delays by the National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADS secretariat.