Gulu Leaders Reject 45000 Wealth Creation Seedlings

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Gulu leaders have rejected citrus seedlings that were supplied to the district under the Operation Wealth Creation OWC. The leaders led by the district chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi cite poor timing in the delivery of the seedlings.

Gulu leaders have rejected citrus seedlings that were supplied to the district under the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).
  
The leaders led by the district chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi cite poor timing in the delivery of the seedlings.
 
In a crisis meeting this week, Mapenduzi, said the 45,000 citrus seedlings which was bought 3,500/= each have been supplied at time when the rainy season is coming to an end.  The meeting was attended by the Dorothy Ajwang, the Gulu chief administrative officer (CAO) and the representative of the suppliers.
  
Mapenduzi said the district will not allow the CAO to acknowledge receipt of the seedlings worth 157 million shillings because the supplier knew very well that it is past the planting season. Besides, he said, the district does not have ready list of the people to get the seedlings.
  
Mapenduzi added that the supplier will have to keep the seedlings as the district will try to get farmers who have already prepared their gardens.
  
Col. Obwot Robinson Olwa, the OWC coordinator for Northern Uganda noted that there are many concerns from farmers about the planting season and this is not the right time for the seedlings to have been supplied.
  
Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta, the deputy Chief OWC coordinator in Uganda noted that they have come out with a new guideline to make the next phase of the programme adopt a bottom-top approach. He notes that most of the supplies being made under the programme do not meet the needs of the farmers.
  
He said the new guideline will see district get demands from the parish level and order for the supply of only what the community are demanding for. This, he says, will reduce on the issue of dumping of seedlings supplied under the programme.
 
James Balaba, the supplier from Blessed Tree Planters and Agro Distributors, Iganga agreed to the terms and conditions set by the district and OWC officials.