Mugerwa asks the relevant ministry to secure competent suppliers who can supply quality seeds to avoid such problems in future.
One of the veterans shows his beans garden
At least 8000 veterans in Southern Region who benefited from a government project to help them fight poverty are crying foul after the beans seeds that were supplied to them failed to germinate. The affected veterans are found in Kiseeka, Kingo, and Lwengo rural sub counties all in Lwengo district. Others are in Masaka and Bukomansimbi districts.
Last year, President Yoweri Museveni launched a program to fight poverty amongst UPDF Veterans in Lwengo, Luweero and Masaka districts. Under the program, government distributed maize, beans, coffee seeds and orange seedlings amongst others to the veterans for planting to boost their productivity. However, more than 8 tons of beans that were distributed to veterans in Southern region at the beginning of the season didn’t germinate. The bean seeds were purchased from Grow More Seeds Company and Chemicals Limited, which is located in Bugolobi Kampala.
Retired Major Joseph Mugerwa a councilor at Masaka Municipality Council and beneficiary of the project says the seeds didn’t germinate as expected. He says barely three out of the ten holes planted with 3 seeds germinated. He suspects that this could have been caused by the fact that the beans were too old or poorly treated. Mugerwa asks the relevant ministry to secure competent suppliers who can supply quality seeds to avoid such problems in future. Major Paul Ssamba, the Southern Region project coordinator says that he was surprised to receive information that all bean seeds they had supplied to farmers did not germinate.
He says all the bean seeds supplied in the region were approved by the agriculture ministry. Ssamba says it’s a pity that several government programs are failing as a result of incompetence on the part of the technical people saying such practices don’t only affect farmers but government that invest millions of shillings in buying such inputs. He says they have received similar complaints from Gomba, Luwero and Rwenzori regions where the seeds were supplied. Nsmba says that he has already written to Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries informing them that bean seeds supplied to veterans did not grow.
Moses Obur, a marketing officer at Grow More Seeds Company and Chemicals Limited told URN on phone that they had not received any complaint from Southern region about the seeds. He said he called up Samba on Friday to inquire about the seeds when they received a complaint from another area he didn’t disclose. He promised to follow up the matter on Monday adding that, once the company establishes that the seeds had a problem, they would replace them immediately.