OWC Coordinators On the Spot for Supplying Poor Quality Inputs

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In August 2017, the OWC coordinators delivered 25 heifers in Lwengo and Masaka districts respectively; which they said were of good quality breed. However, most of the beneficiaries complain that they were given poor quality animals some of which were sick and have since died.

The coordinators of Operation Wealth Creation-OWC in Masaka and Lwengo districts are on the spot for supplying poor quality inputs to farmers.

In August 2017, the OWC coordinators delivered 25 heifers in Lwengo and Masaka districts respectively; which they said were of a diary-breed. However, most of the beneficiaries complain that they were given poor quality animals some of which were sick and have since died.

Teopista Namulindwa, one of the beneficiaries in Kkingo Sub County in Lwengo district says her cow has to date failed to produce the quantity of milk that was promised.

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Michael Milindwa Nakumusana, the Nyendo-Ssenyange division chairperson in Masaka Municipality, reveals that his heifer died of a disease that could not respond to treatment.

He says that the suppliers of the inputs are not keen on the breeds and health status of the animals before procurement. He wants the government to carry out an audit of the program.

Peter Ssenkungu, the Masaka district NRM Chairperson says that the program is far from meeting its objectives due to gross mismanagement and embezzlement of public funds which needs to be addressed urgently.

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Ssenkungu also blames the irregularities on district officials who have failed to make appropriate reports to the responsible authorities about the quality of the in-puts.

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Major Paul Ssamba, the OWC coordinator for Lwengo district says they are currently re-examining the inputs. He however also blames the beneficiaries for not taking good care of the inputs.

The Minister of Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja says that the complaints will be investigated and all the responsible persons will be punished.

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