Thursday April 3 2014

Bishop calls for sustained food security drive

Luweero Diocese Bishop Paul Ssemogerere (L)

Luweero Diocese Bishop Paul Ssemogerere (L) hands over seeds to farmers under the Aspire Caritas project at Kasana Cathedral on Wednesday. PHOTO BY DAN WANDERA 

By Dan Wandera


Luweero Diocesan Bishop Paul Ssemogerere has called for a sustained food security campaign, especially the use of modern farming methods to fight poverty in the greater Luweero region.

He said continued use of poor farming methods coupled with begging and love for free things has led to a persistent poverty in many parts of the region which was previously a food basket.

“We are failing to utilise the available land to cultivate enough food to feed our families. We need a better approach that can sustain our campaign for food security,” Bishop Ssemogerere said during the handover of maize and bean seeds to the Aspire Caritas Project farmers on Wednesday.
The cleric also attributed failure by some parents to park food lunch for their school-going children to laziness.

“We have cases of parents who cannot afford to contribute food for children at school because they do not have food at home. Such parents are simply lazy because we still have cultivable land to enable families get enough food,” Bishop Ssemogerere said.

The project coordinator for Aspire Caritas, Ms Florence Nasanga, said they had trained farmers in modern agricultural practices to boost food security and ensure that families are able to generate income from the surplus food.

“Aspire Caritas farmers are trained in the modern agriculture practices to ensure better agriculture output. The farmers get extension services are also provided with improved planting material for their respective gardens.

Our aim is to help the farmers to have enough food and also generate income from the agriculture projects,” Ms Nasanga said.
About 100 farmers received seeds in Kasaala, Katikamu, Nandere and Namaliga parishes in Kasana-Luweero Diocese.