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Gulu Youth Reject Cassava Cuttings over Late Distribution

The cassava cuttings were delivered in late June for distribution instead of April. The cuttings meant for youth groups in Lalworo village, Kal Ali Parish in Paicho Sub County have been abandoned at Cwero primary school in Cwero Sub County.
Eight youth groups in Gulu district have rejected more than 50 sacks of cassava cuttings worth 12 million shillings over delayed distribution. The cassava cuttings were being supplied under the third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund - NUSAF III program.

The cassava cuttings were delivered in late June for distribution instead of April. The cuttings meant for youth groups in Lalworo village, Kal Ali Parish in Paicho Sub County have been abandoned at Cwero primary school in Cwero Sub County. 

Michael Amone the chairperson of Cac Pe Yweka says, his members were forced to plant other crops on the land they had prepared for the cassava cuttings after waiting for too long. Amone says each member of the 12 members of the group had cleared three acres of land awaiting the cassava cuttings.

Geoffrey Odongkara Okello, the chairperson of Pit Tek another group in Lalworo village says the cassava cuttings have already started drying. Cassava is propagated by cuttings, by planting pieces of stem.

Gulu District Agriculture Officer, Timothy Kilama attributes the delay in distribution of cassava cuttings to bureaucracies in the requisition of finances for buying the cassava cuttings. He said each sack of the cassava cuttings costs 80,000 shillings.

Kilama, however, appealed to the aggrieved farmers to collect the cuttings saying the time for planting is still good for better yields.

The development objective of NUSAF III program is to provide for effective income support to build the resilience of poor and vulnerable households in Northern Uganda.