The government, together with farming cooperatives in the district established four facilities as one of the measures to promote value addition to agricultural produce and boost household income for farmers.
Farmers in Kamwenge district have asked the government to expedite a plan for extending power supply to the four value addition facilities in the district.
The government, together with farming cooperatives in the district established
four facilities as one of the measures to promote value addition
to agricultural produce and boost household income for farmers.
They include Kabambiro
Progressive Farmers’ Cooperative Society Ltd, Kamwenge Tukolerehamwe Area Cooperative Enterprise, Masaka Ward
Bataakakweyamba Cooperative Society and Nkoma Area
Cooperative Society. The government has invested 2.4 billion Shillings
in matching grants subsidies and agro-inputs to give life to the project
which is implemented under the Ministry’s Agriculture Cluster
These funds were used to construct milling Houses,
Renovation of storage facilities, Expansion of drying yards and purchase and installation of maize hullers and milling
machines. Although the facilities are now fully equipped
with heavy and modern milling machines, they have remained non-functional
due to a lack of three-phase power connectivity.
Joseph Baziirake, a farmer and chairperson of the Masaka Ward Batakakweyamba cooperative society told the Uganda Radio Network in an interview, that the government invested over
162 million Shillings in their project which might go to waste if they do not get the power connections required to run the machines.
Herbert Murungi, another farmer attached to Kamwenge Tukolerehamwe Area Cooperative Enterprise told the Uganda Radio Network that the projects have
remained idle for more than a year, yet it's costly to run them using a generator.
Kamwenge District Chairman Joseph Karungi says that while the power lines are close to some of the facilities, they can only supply single-phase power
yet the facilities require three-phase power lines to become operational. He says that he has notified the relevant ministries about the need.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Agriculture Extension Services and
Skills Management Dr Henry Nakalet Opolot says that the ministry is aware of
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Charlotte Kemigisha, the Public Relations Manager at the Ministry of Agriculture said that the Ministry has undertaken an assessment
of the power needs of the facilities in 57 districts
with similar projects.