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Kumi Stuck With Milk Cooler, Tractor for Tisai Sub County

In 2019, the National Agriculture Advisory Services- NAADs through Operation Wealth Creation donated a tractor to farmers in Tisai sub-county but the district has since failed to deliver the tractor because there is no road.
House meant for milk cooler in Tisai Island.

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Kumi district is stuck with a milk cooler and a tractor meant for Tisai Sub County because of the poor road network connecting to the sub-county. Tisai is an island sub-county that was carved from Ongino sub-county in 2019 because of its uniqueness.

But access to the sub-county has remained a big challenge, affecting service delivery to the residents. In 2019, the National Agriculture Advisory Services- NAADs through Operation Wealth Creation donated a tractor to farmers in Tisai sub-county but the district has since failed to deliver the tractor because there is no road.

In 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries- MAAIF donated a milk cooler to Tisai farmers to help with the storage and preservation of milk in the area. The milk cooler cost UGX. 575 million. This includes the construction of the building, provision of the generator, and installation of the plant.

However, the district has only managed to construct the house for the plant but failed to deliver the equipment for installation. Fred Malinga, the Principal Assistant Secretary in Kumi who doubles as the Focal Point Person for Local Economic Project (LEGS) says that although they have managed to construct a house for the milk cooler, they are challenged on how to deliver the equipment to the site. 

“For the house construction, the contractor used local motorized boats to transport materials to the site. These boats cannot carry the milk cooler because of its weight”, he said. Malinga said that the district has engaged the ministry of local government through the local economic support project to help hire equipment that will float the milk cooler to Tisai Island.

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Tisai Island is the highest milk supplier to Kumi, Ngora, and Bukedea districts. The island is home to more than 20,000 cattle producing about 5,000 liters of milk per day. Rajab Ogogol, the Kumi District Production Officer says that access to Tisai is the only obstacle to enriching farmers in the new sub-county.

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In April this year, Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) in partnership with MAAIF and the World Bank, financed by the International Development Assistance (IDA) started the construction of the Acelakweny- Tisai Road and Bridge connecting to Tisai Island.  Work on the 10- kilometer road was to last seven months.

Tisai Island has more than 7,100 people spread across the six parishes making up the new sub-county. The residents of Tisai and traders either walk or ride to access the area.