Rukungiri RDC Suspends Supply of OWC Perennial Crop Inputs

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In short
Mugabe accuses Operation Wealth Creation coordinators for delaying the distribution of seedlings to the farmers well knowing that the months ahead receive little or no rain that cannot support coffee and tea seedlings to survive.

Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner Martin Mugabe has suspended the distribution of perennial crop inputs by Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), a government program started to enhance household participation in commercial agricultural production.

The initiative, which runs under the National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADS, is used for community mobilization, distribution of agricultural inputs, and facilitation of agricultural production chains across the country.

Mugabe accuses Operation Wealth Creation coordinators for delaying the distribution of seedlings to the farmers well knowing that the months ahead receive little or no rain that cannot support coffee and tea seedlings to survive.

Mugabe says that in addition to little rain in the coming month, OWC officials were distributing premature coffee and tea seedling to the farmers. He adds that he was forced to suspend the distribution after realizing that locals have no capacity to carry out routine irrigation during the dry season.

Mugabe says that OWC officials have to wait until September when there is enough rain to support the seedlings.
 
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Andrewson Kateebire, the Rukungiri District Chairperson supported the decision and equally faults Operation Wealth Creation officials for not aligning weather patterns to their distribution program.

However, Ismail Masudi the Kigezi region Operation Wealth Creation coordinator says that his office has not received any order from the office of the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner stopping them from distributing seedlings.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.