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MPs Demand Legal Framework on Operation Wealth Creation :: Uganda Radionetwork
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MPs Demand Legal Framework on Operation Wealth Creation

Parliaments Agriculture committee has recommended that government puts in place a legal framework for implementing the Operation Wealth Creation OWC programme. In its report to parliament the committee identified a number of hindrances including a mismatch in priorities, lack of extension services and poor conduct of staff that are preventing the full realisation of the objectives of OWC.

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Parliament's Agriculture committee has recommended that government puts in place a legal framework for implementing the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) programme.

 

This was after the committee in its report to parliament identified a number of hindrances including a mismatch in priorities, lack of extension services and poor conduct of staff that are preventing the full realisation of the objectives of OWC.

 

Operation Wealth Creation was set up in 2014 by a Presidential directive as a replacement for the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) with the objective of mobilising the masses to engage in commercial agriculture to boost household incomes. The programme is currently guided by standing orders of procedure.

 

The committee chaired by Pader District Woman MP Lowila Oketayo observed that inputs are distributed late and they go to waste when not picked. The legislators added that in some places the inputs supplied are not among the priority of those districts.

 

The Committee, which visited 12 districts including Agago, Oyam, Nebbi, Kakumiro, Kyenjojo and Kabarole, observed that district headquarters where seeds are delivered for testing and onward distribution to the beneficiaries lack adequate storage facilities.

 

She added that her committee was informed that the citrus that is being supplied requires fertilisers and pesticides which are not provided and that in the absence of pesticides, the citrus ends up being affected by pests.

 

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Oketayot, while citing examples, told parliament that Kalitha Farm in Kabarole district had received 50 apple, 70 orange and 30 mango seedlings whereas they wanted about 500 apple seedling because apples have a ready market.

 

The Committee noted that Operation Wealth Creation does not offer extension services, with the few available extension workers not operating in some districts like Agago.

 

Winnie Kiiza, the Leader of the Opposition asked government to provide water including harvesting water for irrigation such that people can grow their own food and move away from waiting for handouts.

 

Kiiza, who described Operation Wealth Creation as a raw deal, proposed that extension services should instead be provided under NAADS and the army concentrates on safeguarding the country.

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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga referred the Agriculture Committee report to the Budget and asked government to respond to each of the recommendations made by the Committee on Agriculture.

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