The 110 dealers working under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project – ACDP were contracted to supply inputs that include maize, beans, cassava, rice and coffee to over 10 districts across the country.
dealers accredited by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal
Industries - MAAIF has petitioned Parliament seeking payment of 21 billion shillings
for agro-inputs supplied to farmers.
The 110 dealers working under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project –
ACDP were contracted to supply inputs that include maize, beans, cassava, rice,
and coffee to over 10 districts across the country.
Maruzi County MP Maxwell Akora presented a petition during plenary indicating
that they are stuck with stock worth 16.9 billion shillings imported
specifically for the project.
“ln order to
facilitate the implementation of the project, the accredited dealers were to
supply the specified agro-input products through the e-voucher scheme
(digitized) that is managed by an e-voucher management agency,” Akora said.
Akora explained to the House that the project is facing challenges resulting
from the shutdown of the e-voucher system since December 2021.
implementation of the e-voucher system, there have been glitches and the system
would often go off and the project management would direct the dealers to
supply the inputs manually to the beneficiary farmers, but to date, they have
not been paid,” said Akora.
As a result,
the dealers have been affected given that the funds to support the project were
predominantly acquired through bank loans on the understanding that the Minister of
Agriculture would be making instant payments for every transaction.
Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among directed MAAIF to present a report on the
status of the payment of the dealers within two weeks. Earlier on Wednesday,
Among also directed Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture to investigate
complaints by farmers.
Members of Parliament had demanded an appraisal of the Agriculture Cluster
Development Project following outcries of non-payment and under absorption of
funds under the project.
The Project is a six-year project implemented by MAAIF with the support from
the International Development Agency - IDA of the World Bank being implemented
across over 24 districts of Uganda targeting more than 378 farmer groups to
raise on-farm productivity, production, and marketable volumes of selected
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.