OPM Distributes Farm Tools In Acholi

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They include 50 ox-ploughs for animal traction in 24 farmer groups involved in joint crop productions, 20 sewing machines for nodding syndrome victims and other vulnerable community groups.

Government has equipped farmer groups in Acholi sub region with assortment of appropriate technologies for agricultural mechanisation and value additions.
 
The technologies have been supplied alongside iron sheets for construction of churches, motorcycles to church leaders and sewing machines to nodding syndrome affected communities amongst others.
 
Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, the state minister for Northern Uganda, is traversing the region to deliver farm tools among others to the beneficiaries. She says the technologies were supplied for post conflict recovery under various presidential pledges.
 
On Thursday, Uganda Radio Network journalist in Gulu saw the equipment being assembled in Omoro district store for distribution to beneficiary groups.
 
They include 50 ox-ploughs for animal traction in 24 farmer groups involved in joint crop productions, 20 sewing machines for nodding syndrome victims and other vulnerable community groups.
 
The others are automotive cassava chipping machine for value addition in Palenga Women group and 100 iron sheets for roofing St. Mary's Chapel Artega in Palenga Parish, Bobi Sub County. Construction of the facility was being spearheaded by former secretary to Cabinet Opio Lukone and family.
 
Douglas Peter Okello, the Omoro district chairperson, says another 300 iron sheets will go out to Ludok Chapel in Odek Sub County, Lapainat Church of Uganda in Koro and Awali Wanglobo Church of Uganda.
 
Okello says fulfilment of the presidential pledge is a huge momentum in poverty alleviation, crop production and livelihoods.
 
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Agricultural productivity in post-conflict northern Uganda heavily relies on the use of rudimentary hand tools which greatly limit the size of arable land tilled, planted and produced. Coupled with poor post-harvest handling and storage, tons of essential food get wasted along the value chain.
 
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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.