Farmers Protest Late Delivery of Planting Materials

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Farmers say the late distribution of seedlings and other farm inputs, is affecting the planting process.

The implementation of the Operation Wealth Creation program in Lira district is facing hurdles due to the persistent late distribution of planting materials.
Farmers in Amach, Agali, Agweng and Aromo sub counties in Lira district often complain of late distribution of planting materials.

In October last year, farmers in Agali Sub County declined to receive over 200 bags of improved cassava cutting citing late delivery.  Between February and April this year, farmers in the district received maize and beans seeds, together with citrus seedlings but they failed to plant them due to inadequate rain.

Bosco Okello, a commercial farmer in Ngetta Sub County says he was unable to plant over 100 citrus seedlings he received about a month ago since there was no rain. Adding that he was never consulted before he was given the seedlings.

Peter Odyek, another farmer in Adekokwok Sub County, says they are never consulted on the nature of support they need from the program. He says competent farmers are often left out on the program and faulted those tasked to select beneficiaries including Sub County chiefs, parish chiefs and Gombolola Internal Security Officers.
Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukumoi, the Lira Resident District Commissioner admits receiving complaints from farmers about late distribution of farm inputs. 

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But Col. Bosco Omure, the coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation program in Lango sub region, blames the late delivery of planting materials to procurement delays by the National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADS secretariat.


About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.