Luweero District Redeploys Former NAADS Coordinators

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Luweero Chief Administrative Officer Eustace Gakwandi says that the redeployment of staff follows a notice issued by Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries in 2015 directing districts to absorb former NAADs Coordinators into new single spine agriculture extension system.

Luweero district has reappointed 11 former National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADS Coordinators to serve as extension workers and fill the existing vacuum in agriculture department.

These, alongside seven new staff recruits, have been posted to the various Sub Counties in Luweero district ending over a year of inactivity in the department following the disbandment of NAADS in 2014. 

Luweero Chief Administrative Officer Eustace Gakwandi says that the redeployment of staff follows a notice issued by Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries in 2015 directing districts to absorb former NAADs Coordinators into new single spine agriculture extension system.

The system was launched in September last year with the aim of reducing duplication of services and improving efficiency of the sector.

Gakwandi adds that on top of offering extension services, the workers will oversee the distribution of supplies and advice farmers under Operation Wealth Creation programme, a program run by Uganda People's Defense Forces.

He adds that since disbandment of NAADS, the farmers had no access to extension services, a development that affected food security and production across the district.

However, the reinstatement of extension officers at Sub Counties has generated mixed reactions from farmers and local leaders in Luweero.

Livingstone Kategeya, the LC 3 Chairperson of Kamira Sub County explains that extension workers will play a key role in fighting diseases and pests in the area. He however challenges the district and Ministry of Agriculture to increase its focus on value addition for all agricultural produce.
 
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Samuel Wasswa, a farmer at Nalongo village in Luweero Sub County is skeptical about their impact the production cycle on grounds that they do not have enough facilitation to reach farmers in remote and hard to reach areas.
 
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John Lumu, a pineapple grower in Kikyusa Sub County calls for the establishment of a fruit processing factory to tap into increasing pineapple harvests and boast the agriculture sector. Lumu says that extension staff may add little if they don't have ready markets for the available produce

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.