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EU Agri Business Beneficiaries Cautioned Against Selling Startup Kits

The State Minister for Northern Uganda, Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny urged the youth to utilize the kits to create employment and get more money in order to break free from poverty.
Minister Grace Kwiyucwiny handing over some of the kits to the youth. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has warned youth who received business and agribusiness startup kits from the European Union (EU) to utilize them instead of selling them off 

The State Minister for Northern Uganda, Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny urged the youth to utilize the kits to create employment and get more money in order to break free from poverty.  

They were on Thursday officiating over the distribution of startup kits to 1,300 youths across the Northern Region who were skilled in agriculture and agribusiness-related areas.

 

Distribution of the kits which are valued at over three billion shillings was held at the Northern Uganda Youth Development Centre (NUYDC) in Labora, Omoro district. They were supported by the Office of the Prime Minister under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) Youth Skilling Programme (YSP) supported by the European Union.  

Mayanja Gonzaga, the Commissioner of Monitoring and Evaluation in the Office of the Prime Minister said that each of the items which include modern farm equipment and value addition is valued at least one million shillings.  

Gonzaga said that the beneficiaries should not be tempted to sell off the equipment to make quick money but rather use them properly with the skills they acquired in order to create jobs, become self-employed and bring more Ugandans into the money economy.  

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Kwiyucwiny urged the youth to stick to their project to eradicate poverty and become financially resilient and independent. 

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Douglas Peter Okello Okao, the LCV Chairperson Omoro advised the youth to be financially supported under the different government projects including the Parish Development Model (PDM) so that they can have startup capital for their projects. 

The youth underwent three months of theoretical and practical skills from the eight Technical Vocational Education Training Institutes (TVETs).  

Some of the beneficiaries who received the training and start-up kits said that their lives have been transformed economically.

They promised to put the items to good use for their development through creating employment.  

Alfred Odur from Pader district and Gloria Akello from Gulu district say they have been able to establish nursery beds and poultry farms respectively, and now earning big from their businesses. 

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The Head of the European Union Delegation to Uganda, Ambassador Jan Sadek, said that the European Union is delighted to work with OPM to implement such an important programme.  "Offering opportunities to young Ugandans to gain crucial skills in the agriculture sector will have a direct impact on their employability, income and livelihoods. I trust that they will become role models for other young people who will benefit from their acquired knowledge," he said.

The TVETs include ADRAA Agricultural College, Amelo Technical College, Lokopio Technical Institute, Amugu Agro Institute, Nakapiripirit Technical Institute, Kotido Technical Institute, Ave Maria Vocational Training, and Northern Uganda Youth Development Centre.

 

TVET was awarded a grant contract of approximately Euros 50,000 approximately 220 million Uganda shillings to conduct skills development and training programmes in areas such as vegetable farming, beekeeping, poultry, piggery, agro-input supply management, tree nursery operation, carpentry and joinery, solar repair and animal health management.