Felix Omara, the Operation Manager of Countryside Harvester, says that each of the 17 Districts in West Nile, Acholi and Lango sub region has been allocated Shillings 300 million for implementing the project.
The British Government has through the Council of British
Agricultural Production allocated Shillings 5.1 billion for dairy production
and poultry farming in Northern Uganda. The 5 years project is being
implemented by the Countryside Harvester, a local Organisation based in Gulu
Felix Omara, the Operation Manager of Countryside Harvester, says that each of
the 17 Districts in West Nile, Acholi and Lango sub-regions have been allocated Shillings
300 million for implementing the project.
He says that the project targets
25,000 beneficiaries across the selected regions mainly in groups and Cooperatives
with few individuals who can manage their own projects.
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Each of the groups and Cooperative is required to pay a
a commitment fee of Shillings 616,000 to access between 3 to 5 dairy cows.
are trying to avoid negligence that may arise from the farmers and we hope that
the commitment fee will bind them to own this livelihood project,” Omara
He says that the project was flagged off with the first beneficiaries
from Gulu City receiving 33 dairy cows. Nighty Ajok, a dairy farmer and Chairperson
of Rwot Twero Village Savings and Loan Association who received 2 dairy cows has
commended the project.
Joska Otto, Board Member of Gulu Community Cooperative Society, a women-led
Cooperative involved in dairy Production in Acholi Sub Region has urged farmers
to invest in dairy farming. “Dairy farming isn’t like crop farming that
can be greatly affected by drought and floods. I am happy that my children
could study well even when I lost my husband, “Otto explained.
Susan Ongom, the Project Mentor says that a study was conducted in 2017 on the
different livelihood projects across the region that could help address the
poverty in the region. She explains that the beneficiaries first received training
on financial literacy, project management and animal production to avoid
problems in the implementation.
She further revealed that different groups from Kitgum and Nwoya have enrolled
for training and are expected to receive the support in the next few
weeks. “We expect them to use this opportunity to improve their
livelihoods and address poverty, which is becoming chronic in the region,”