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Gen. Saleh Calls For Fresh Restructuring of NAADS :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Gen. Saleh Calls For Fresh Restructuring of NAADS

Gen Saleh says the economic activities being coordinated by NAADS and Operation Wealth Creation should be centralized under a government authority known as the National Agriculture Logistics Authority (NALA) for better efficiency and outputs.
Gen Charles Angina Represented Gen Salim Saleh at the Annual NAADS Performance Review

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The National Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation Gen. Salim Saleh is calling for fresh restructuring of the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS).    

Gen Saleh says the economic activities being coordinated by NAADS and Operation Wealth Creation should be centralized under a government authority known as the National Agriculture Logistics Authority (NALA) for better efficiency and outputs.    

Gen. Charles Angina, the Deputy National Operation Wealth Creation Coordinator says Gen. Saleh wants the new authority to be known as the National Agriculture Logistics Authority (NALA).    

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 It is the second time government is proposing complete overhaul of the National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS). In 2014, President Yoweri Museveni made the NAADS Secretariat lean by directing Ministry of Agriculture to disband NAADS structures at district and sub-county levels.

 

The restructuring introduced Operation Wealth Creation under military supervision to undertake nationwide input distributions and mobilization of farmers. About, five years later, Operation Wealth Creation is trapped in a sea of challenges that have seen late deliveries of inputs, circulation of fake inputs among others.     

Gen. Charles Angina says they would like Ministry of Agriculture to take over procurement of farm inputs and certification of seeds to eliminate counterfeit farm inputs.    

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  Gen. Angina says Operation Wealth Creation Secretariat is also proposing the creations of farmer Service Centres to coordinate distributions of farm inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, tractors and agro-processing equipment to eliminate private agro-input dealers exploiting farmers.    

Gen. Angina says the military has been directed to commence implementation of the second phase of operation wealth creation involving transformation of primary producers into clusters of farmer cooperatives capable of industrialized agriculture processing around the country.       He says under the initiative, various committees will be formed to govern activities of farmer clusters.  

“One of the committees will be the Finance Committee in charge of managing the financial resources of farmer clusters. The other will be the supervisory committee and the technical committee for operating the tractors for mechanization of agriculture” he explained to journalists at the side-line of a review workshop convened to evaluate the performance of NAADS in Kampala.          

Dr Samuel Mugasi, the Executive Director of NAADS says it is difficult to comment on the proposal calling for fresh restructuring of NAADS Secretariat because it requires a parliamentary decision. He says the Ministry of Agriculture is in a better position to respond to the proposals based on the impacts NAADS has created on the ground.    

Dr Mugasi says the major challenge affecting agriculture in the country is climate change and the National Agriculture Research Organization should put its feet on ground to develop climate-resilient technologies.   

Major Tabaro Kiconco, the Operation Wealth Creation spokesperson says the strategic direction that Operation Wealth Creation plans to take is to develop agroecological clusters necessary for supporting industrialization of the country. 

Tabaro says in each of the farmer service centres due to be set up in 18 agro-ecological zones of Uganda, farmers will be able to access tractors on hire, extension services, quality seeds as well as market information.

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