President Yoweri Museveni in his 2016 campaign manifesto pledged to avail hoes to every household in the country in order to support agriculture production. Museveni also noted that each household especially the vulnerable persons should be provided with two hand hoes.
Members of Parliament
on the Agriculture Committee have tasked the Ministry of Agriculture to explain
the status of distribution of hand hoes to farmers.
The Minister of Agriculture Frank Tumwebaze together with the Minister of State
for Animal Industry, Bright Rwamirama on Wednesday had appeared before the
Committee chaired by Abim Woman MP Janet Grace Okori-moe.
President Yoweri Museveni in his 2016 campaign manifesto pledged to avail hoes
to every household in the country to support agriculture production. Museveni
also noted that each household especially the vulnerable persons should be
provided with two hand hoes.
However, many farmers have five years later not received the hoes.
MP Okori-moe said that even when parliament appropriated money towards the procurement
of hoes, many households had not received them. She stated that a supplementary
budget of 2.5 Billion Shillings to procure 2.5 million hoes had been passed and
her committee does not have accountability for the funds.
John Amos Okot, the Agago North MP also questioned the Ministers about the hand
hoe distribution exercise.
“Is it because of the Covid-19 pandemic that we cannot trace the hoes?” he
The Committee tasked the Minister to present a list of the beneficiaries so
that money appropriated can be accounted for.
In response, Minister Tumwebaze who was only recently posted to the Ministry
asked the Executive Director of National Agricultural Advisory Services
(NAADS), Dr Samuel Mugazi to provide the committee with answers.
Mugasi explained that the hoe distribution exercise was supervised by NAADS to
support farming in households across the country. He assured the committee that
hoes had been distributed to districts in Karamoja, Teso and West Nile regions
and that in the current financial year 2021/2022, the government has promised
more funds to procure more hoes.
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Mugasi also said that MPs would be involved in the distribution exercise of
more hoes since they are supposed to check on the quality of services versus
The NAADS Executive Director also says that as farmers prepare for the planting
season, they plan to allocate each constituency through Members of Parliament 3
tons of maize as one of the ways to ensure the country is food secure.
The maize seeds would be availed to MPs in the first week of August 2021 and
then distributed to the electorate for planting.
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Mugasi explained that NAADs has in the second season of 2021 prioritized crops
with greater impact on household incomes, food security, and national export
Meanwhile, the MPs also raised other general concerns regarding challenges of
the country’s Agriculture Sector and these included the Foot and Mouth Disease,
Irrigation challenges, the market for agricultural produce and others.
John Baptist Lokii, the Matheniko Country MP said that the rampant outbreak of
cattle diseases is a great concern to farmers.
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Dr Abed Bwanika, the Kimaanya- Kabonera County MP demanded that government
considers re-centralization of disease treatment. He also said that the country
cannot talk about market access for the product without first regulating the
quality of food produced by the nation.
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Mary Begumisa, the Sembabule Woman MP said that the issue of fake farm inputs
sold by different agricultural dealers also needs to be dealt with.
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Charles Matovu, the Busiro South MP told the Ministers that fishermen along had
also been affected by changes in climate change, which he said saw fish float
on Lake Victoria. He also cited the mistreatment of the fishermen by the Fisheries
Tumwebaze said that he would meet with concerned parties such as the Fisheries
Protection Unit to address the issue of fishing on Ugandan lakes. He also
assured the MPs that his Ministry was to focus more on research to improve