Bukhooli MP in latrines-for-coffee seedlings drive

Friday May 4 2012

By Asuman Musobya

The Bukhooli Central MP and Forum for Democratic Change spokesperson, Mr Phillip Wafula Oguttu, has donated 30,000 coffee seedlings to farmers in his constituency to enhance household income, but putting a condition that it’s only people with toilets to benefit.

Handing over the seedlings to farmers at Saniika in Nankoma Sub-county on Wednesday, Mr Oguttu said he was fulfilling his campaign pledge.

Mr Wafula said he had budgeted for 200 seedlings for every household, adding that he wanted to use the project to encourage the people in the area to dig pitlatrines. 

Many of the constituents use bushes to ease themselves.

“I am giving out these seedlings to any one regardless of his or her political affiliation to ensure people in my constituency uplift their household income,” he said.

Grow variety
Mr Oguttu said farmers in the constituency were concentrating on cassava, beans, and maize growing which were good for food security but they needed something that brings in income.

“I have consulted the Uganda Coffee Development Authority to provide me with more seeds for the entire district,” he added.

Toilet coverage in Uganda is at an average of 80 per cent in urban areas, it is less than 40 per cent in rural areas, according to statistics by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, a Unicef funded project.