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Kyenjojo Farmers Protest ‘Unfair’ Conditions for Acquiring Tractors

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.
22 Apr 2019 08:26

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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 shorter time.   

//Cue in: “Naba ningamba at least… 

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.