The minister of state for ICT and National Guidance Peter Ogwang attacks government for procuring cassava cuttings which had dried in Palam Sub County in Katakwi district at exorbitant cost .
In a statement released today Ogwang faulted the ministry of Agriculture for buying agricultural inputs like cassava for poor farmers without consulting the stakeholders and beneficiaries.
He stated that the ministry procured cassava cuttings for farmers at 800 million shillings which dried up in Palam Sub County without farmers taking it for planting because it was supplied in dry season and to some it was not their desired crop.
Ogwang said that the people of Teso need livestock but not cassava.
He said that this 800 million shillings wasted on cassava should have been used to buy one million goats which would not only serve one Sub County, but the entire population of Katakwi district and other neighboring districts in Teso sub region.
He however, commended government for the Restocking program for the People in Teso and particularly in Katakwi who have received livestock, although in some cases particularly in Palam Sub County, locals rejected the cows because there were of bad breed.
He said that there is need for Ministry of Agriculture along with other associated government units to sit with all stakeholders to review the zoning; on which inputs should be delivered to our people.
He further added that currently Katakwi is facing severe floods; roads have been cut off, hundreds of people have been displaced from their homes, gardens and crops are waterlogged ,which is evident that livestock farming can stand the test of all these torrid seasons including drought or even floods.
He pleaded to the Office of the President to fully facilitate RDCs to help in monitoring government programs and called for the urgent desilting of the new and existing colonial water dams to catch water for animals.
He asked government through the Ministry of works to avail a budget to Local Government to help in repairing and rehabilitating boreholes, while Ministry of Agriculture should continue supplying inputs such as tractors/hand-walking tractors and hand hoes.