The Shs17 billion refurbishment of Doho Rice Scheme in Butaleja District has kicked off. The revamp of the rice scheme is hoped will help reduce floods that have been wreaking havoc in the district over the last three years.
While handing over the site to Smile Engineering and Construction Company, the company contracted to carry out the refurbishment, the district chairperson, Mr Joseph Muyonjo, last week said the project has been long overdue.
Mr Muyonjo cautioned the public against stealing project items such as cement and iron bars, saying this will slow down the project and deny the people the benefits that accrue. He said the project will employ locals.
Food basket for eastern
He urged the contractor to work hard to meet the deadline, warning that failure to do so would lead to termination of contract. The refurbishment is expected to be completed within one year.
“More than 2,000 locals, especially youths, are expected to be employed as casual labourers. This will help to raise household incomes of our people,” the chairman said.
Butaleja Resident District Commissioner Richard Gulume urged locals to report any thefts of property from the project. Mr Gulume said upon completion, the district intends to produce 20,000 metric tonnes of rice per season.
Six roads leading to the rice scheme are to be reconstructed to allow easy access and transportation of produce.
Butaleja has been a food basket for a big part of eastern Uganda, especially in rice production. However, floods have always left rice crops rotting in the marsh, leaving farmers in despair.