Shs4b project to boost farmers’ productivity

Wednesday November 20 2013

By Ephraim Kasozi

More than 1600 rural farmers in northern and eastern Uganda, formerly affected by the war, are about to see their agricultural production and incomes improve.

This follows the implementation of a £1m (about Shs4 billion) programme by Send a Cow Uganda and United Kingdom development fund, DFID. The programme is meant to develop farmers’ capacity to grow from subsistence to commercial farming.

Ms Esther Nalubwama, the Send a Cow executive director, said the three-year programme will benefit farmers in 12 districts by providing them with high yielding, drought tolerant and quick maturing seeds as well as hybrid Friesian cows, indigenous cows, oxen and ox-ploughs to enable them produce surplus for the market.

“This financial boost will help us reach 16,000 small holder farmers who struggle to make ends meet. We shall also train them on best farming practices, finance and enterprise management,” said Ms Nalubwama at the launch of the programme in Dokolo District.

State minister for Northern Uganda Reconstruction Rebecca Amuge Otengo said the prgramme would not only boost agricultural productivity but also help Ugandans acquire skills.

Benefiting districts are; Lira, Oyam, Apac, Nwoya, Gulu, Amuru, Soroti, Mbale, Manafwa, Bududa, Sironko and Tororo