In the letter, which URN has seen, Kaija asks the officers to recommend farmers who can apply for the tractors. He however, says the farmers interested in the tractors should have at least Shillings 20 million on their accounts and personal land measuring 50 acres and above.
Farmers in Kyenjo are
protesting what they term as unfair conditions imposed on them to access
tractors given to the district by Ministry Agriculture, Animal Industry and
Fisheries – MAAIF.
On April 16, the Kyenjojo Chief Administrative Officer – CAO,
Samuel Ruhweza Kaija wrote to all Sub County Chiefs and Town Clerks informing
them that the district had received three tractors from MAAIF.
In the letter, which URN has seen, Kaija asks the officers to
recommend farmers who can apply for the tractors. He however, says the farmers
interested in the tractors should have at least Shillings 20 million on their
accounts and personal land measuring 50 acres and above.
“The district Selection
Committee will shortlist five potential beneficiaries that will be forwarded to
MAAIF for the final selection of three beneficiaries… you are required to
inform your individual Sub County/Town Council political leaders to mobilize
their electorate for this,” reads part of the letter.
Farmers have expressed dissatisfaction
over the conditions imposed on them to access the tractors, saying unless they
are revised they will never benefit from them.
Christopher Rwamwenge, a farmer in Bugaaki Sub County argues
that instead of imposing a condition requiring farmers to have at least
Shillings 20 million on their personal account, they should have instead put
the tractors at the district for individual farmers to buy fuel and pay drivers.
//Cue in: “Twine capacity itwe…
Cue out… ntuba tutakozereki, tutalimu.”//
David Mugisa from Katoke Sub County agrees with Rwamwenge,
saying as a maize grower, he doesn’t have 50 acres of land but would also be
interested in using the tractors since it can plough a bigger field in a
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Cue out… ha district ikaleho.”//
Obed Asiimwe, a resident of Bufunjo Sub County grows cassava,
maize and other food crops. According to him, the conditions are only meant to
benefit wealthy farmers, adding that they should either be revised or the
tractors be kept in an area where every once can access them.
//Cue in: “Kyakubaire kirungi…
Cue out… tractor ezikuba tugabirwe.”//
Kaija explains that the conditions cannot be revised because
they are meant to ensure that the people who get the tractors are able to
maintain them in good mechanical conditions.