Alice Nannungi, the Masaka City Women Councilor representing Nyendo-Mukungwe demands that as the government commits funds to finance the PDM projects, it also makes deliberate interventions to secure markets and attractive prices for the produces that will be generated from the beneficiary groups.
leaders in Masaka District are concerned that the Parish Development Model
program may be hindered by challenges of markets of agricultural produce livestock
implementation of the program, the government is seeking to transform the
livelihoods of 39 households (approximately 3.5 million) from subsistence to a
its design, the program is targeting to take development planning and resources
to the Parish level to ensure that the national development is fully embraced
right from the grassroots, using agriculture as the main pillar.
agriculture taking a central place in the model, the local leaders in Masaka
district are concerned that the recurrent frustrations of periodic outbreaks of
livestock, irritating prices fluctuations, and unreliable markets for produce
in the agricultural sector may as well catch up with the PDM, hence frustrating
the realization of its objectives.
Nannungi, the Masaka City Women Councilor representing Nyendo-Mukungwe demands
that as the government commits funds to finance the PDM projects, it also makes
deliberate interventions to secure markets and attractive prices for the
produces that will be generated from the beneficiary groups.
program mobilization meeting with State Minister for Water Aisha Ssekindi in
Masaka City, the leaders challenged the government to concurrently undertake serious
interventions that can improve the agricultural sector if the PDM is to
sustainably realize its intended objectives.
//Cue in: “target ya
Cue in; ….okukola ku butale.”//
According to the program’s implementation guidelines, the government will directly
support each parish development model cooperative with shillings 100 million to
be expended as revolving funds among the different enterprise groups.
Each of the benefiting households will be allowed to access at least 1 million
as a kick-start or additional capital for their income-generating projects.
Mulindwa Nakumusana, the Nyendo-Mukungwe Division Chairperson indicates that it's highly inevitable that the benefiting individuals will invest the PDM money
in the traditional agricultural-based enterprises that include among others
piggery and poultry, that are however threatened with recurrent outbreak
the Parish Chiefs as first-line supervisors of the PDM, Mulindwa also wants to
government to make available adequate agriculture extension staff and
facilities that can provide timely interventions to the challenges farmers may
face and cause them losses.
//Cue in: “bwotunulira
Cue out; …..kyasobola
The Food and
Agricultural Organization-FAO recommends a ratio of one extension worker to 750
farmers, but in Uganda statistics indicate that the country is faced with an
acute understaffing with each extension worker deployed for 1,800 framers hence
says, it is high time the government dedicated resources to reducing the current
extension services gap, which is a serious impediment to agricultural sector
indicated that government is open to receiving all concerns regarding the
implementation of the program and that in the due course it will take the
asked the leaders to mobilize the program beneficiaries to also play their
individual roles such as ensuring prevention measures against livestock
diseases and venturing into value addition chains as they wait on the government
to play its part.