The World Bank funded project whose overall objective is to raise on-farm productivity, production, and marketable volumes of selected agricultural commodities (maize, beans, rice, cassava and coffee) will benefit the districts of Hoima, Kikuube, Kiryandongo, Kakumiro, Kibaale and Masindi.
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has started rolling out
the implementation of Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) in Bunyoro
Funded by the World Bank with the overall objective of raising on-farm
productivity, production and marketable volumes of selected agricultural
commodities (maize, beans, rice, cassava and coffee), the project is expected to benefit the districts
of Hoima, Kikuube, Kiryandongo, Kakumiro, Kibaale and Masindi.
project has started in Hoima and Kikuube. Kizito
Odongo, the senior Agricultural officer at MAAIF told Uganda Radio Network on Saturday that the six-year project that started in 2017 and ends in 2022 will
benefit 50 districts and 24 have already been covered.
noted that under the project, registered farmers will be able to access quality
farm inputs, fertilizers and equipment for post-harvest handling at subsidized
beneficiaries will be registered electronically and linked to pre-qualified,
certified agro-input dealers and will also under go capacity building
to Odongo, in the first season, the farmer contributes 33% of the cost of
inputs and the 67% is provided by government. In the second season, the farmer
contributes 50% which attracts a 50% contribution by government. In the third
season, the farmer makes a 67% contribution while government contributes 33%.
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Kakoraki, the Hoima district vice Chairman welcomed the project adding that the
project will benefit committed farmers. He challenged councilors in the
beneficiary districts to mobilize farmers so that they can embrace the
Kazini, the Kikuube district LC5 chairman commended the ministry for the
initiative but warned that late delivery of inputs to farmers has killed
similar projects before.