Agriculture Hit By Lack of Reliable Officers – M7

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President Museveni greets Deputy Speaker of Parliament on arrival for the State of The Nation Address on Thursday at Serena Hotel in Kampala. PPU PHOTO

President Museveni greets Deputy Speaker of Parliament on arrival for the State of The Nation Address on Thursday at Serena Hotel in Kampala. PPU PHOTO

The problem of Uganda is not absence of money to boost agricultural production but shortage of reliable people to convey it to farmers, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

He argues that government injects a lot of money in agriculture but it is not put to good use. He disclosed this in his state of the nation address Thursday afternoon at Serena Conference hall in Kampala.

Museveni cited the National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADs, which he said despite receiving huge sums of money had failed to bear results. He explained that government has been injecting up to 203 billion shillings in NAADS each year, but the larger part of the money is spent on salaries and organizing workshops. He disclosed that only 57 billion shillings would be used to purchase planting and breeding materials. Museveni said government was determined to restructure NAADS.

He explained that farmers in the countryside had woken up adding that, if they receive planting and breeding material, they handle it well. He said government carried out an experiment in war zones using the UPDF soldiers, which showed that a lot can be achieved in agriculture even with limited resources. Museveni said government handed UPDF 9 billion shillings, which they used to supply 11Million coffee seedlings, 2 million tea plants and 112 tons of maize and beans to farmers in the war zones.

The war zones include Bumbo in Manafwa district, Mayuge, Aweri, Namugongo, Migadde, Ruta, Ssemuto and Bukomero amongst others. Museveni however noted that Uganda was still performing poorly in agriculture because about 68 percent of the farmers are still trapped in substance farming.

Museveni listed the cost of farm inputs, low use of fertilizers, lack of skills and poor management of resources as some of the challenges facing agriculture.  He said some of the farmers were still slow at converting their agricultural enterprises.

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  • Mushanju

    WOW he created the NAADS and now he is the very man blaming them personally I think its the opposition and especially FDC frustrating Mzee’s master plan because FDC’s like Nandala brought down the whole cooperative unions and especially when the FDC sold our coffee marketing board to AGOA indians

  • Epiyatonon

    His excellency the President. Ugandans are witnesses to total ethical collapse in your regime. Your cadres and appointees are lacking in moral standards to deliver because the movement government is based on protecting the status quo. Your real philosophy resonates around your ensuring your longevity and not welfare of Ugandans at large. This has enhanced an environment of service laxity to flourish. The ordinary population fear to hold officers accountable because they are powerfully guarded by you. Corruption, abuse of public offices and incompetence of all your appointees are all reflections of your capacity and no one else. Carry out a comparative study of Rwanda and you will fully believe me. In Rwanda Public Officers must show positive impacts of their actions failure which one is sacked and arraigned in court. Public money is not for wastage in Rwanda. You are like an unorganized Poor Manager blaming his subordinates for poor results. period

  • BISHANGA

    The problem of Uganda in promoting Agriculture Countrywide is President Museveni’s awkward tactics of refusing to allocate sufficient funds to the Ministry and also by not allowing the Local Leaders at LC1s to control the NAADS Programs projects.The Colonial Rulers managed to plant trees everywhere almost in the Country because they used local leaders who are always at the grass roots with the people.What is killing the NRM government OF mUSEVENI HE THINKS WHEN PEOPLE ARE encouraged to look after their properties they will become very rich and refuse to obey him as president thus pushing him out of the State House and Rwakitura.

  • Madira Davidson

    The problem is not the staff because all employees all over the world wish to work less but earn more including through corrupt ways. The real problem lies in the viability of the NAADS Model. The model is terribly lacking in terms of its theory of change, implementation structures, components, outcomes, outputs and indicators of performance as well as monitoring and evaluation framework.
    NAADS model failed in Brazil, Mexico and Cambodia in the 1960s to 1980s. How did you expect it to perform miracles in Uganda, anyway??
    We should stop imitating Western models wholesome without modifications to suit our situation. That is where NAADS has problem.
    Makerere University in partnership with private companies, research institutions, NGOs and local Agribusiness consultancy firms have developed a very good home-grown model for agricultural service delivery called ” Community-Academic-Public-Private Partnership ” Specialised Enterprses Value Chain Development” model which they have implemented for the last 4 years with tremendous success with minimal investments. Why cant we learn lessons from such models.
    Im proud for having opposed NAADS from word go!!!Our commitment has yielded finally.
    Way to go Your Excellency, the President of Uganda!! We the investment and agricultural economists are ready to support you through this task.
    0783006564/madisonbudongo@gmail.com