Kwania District Council has approved a supplementary budget of 192
million Shillings for the Agricultural Cluster Development Project- ACDP.
The five-year project was initiated in 2018, to improve on-farm
productivity, production, and volumes of selected agricultural commodities in
specific geographical clusters of the country. The government obtained a loan
of USD 249-million from the World Bank to support the farmers through the
provision of agricultural inputs, fertilizers and pesticides under a
Kwania District Vice
Chairperson Geoffrey Eling Owera says that 33 million out of the 192 million Shillings will be used for
sensitization of the selected 2,750 beneficiaries on good agronomic practices and post-harvest
handling. Another 62 million Shillings will be used for the opening of community access roads, 81
million Shillings will cater for cassava processing machines and establishment
of warehousing while 16 million Shillings will go for operational costs and
Owera says the funding came at the right time when the district is
struggling to offer services to its members. He adds that some of the money will be spent on
repairing boreholes and purchase of foodstuffs for the vulnerable people.
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Some of the beneficiaries include Teopok cassava factory, Abapiri
cooperative, Atule, Agwiciri and Alyera in Inomo are to receive a warehouse
accommodating up to 200 metric tons of products among others.
Kwania District Agricultural Officer Sam Opule, also the ACDP
Focal Point Person says that the project is targeting at enrolling 5,500
beneficiaries including farmer groups that will receive agronomy and PHH
technologies. He believes that the project will greatly improve household income
since farmers will be able to produce enough food for family consumption and
also, get an affordable market for local produce.
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Under the scheme, a first-time farmer is supposed to pay 33 per cent of
450,000 and the government tops up the remaining balance. In the second season,
both government and farmers pay 50 per cent of the money and at the third
season, governments pay 33 per cent while the farmer takes the bigger share; 67 per cent of the
In some parts of the country, the implementation process of the Agricultural
Cluster Development Project has been bogged
down by unscrupulous speculators fleecing farmers who intend to benefit from
the project. Farmers complain of being conned of their hard-earned cash by
fraudsters posing as project coordinators in the area.