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OPM Distributes Farm Tools In Acholi :: Uganda Radionetwork
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OPM Distributes Farm Tools In Acholi

They include 50 ox-ploughs for animal traction in 24 farmer groups involved in joint crop productions, 20 sewing machines for nodding syndrome victims and other vulnerable community groups.
New Ox-Ploughs being assembled for distribution in Omoro.

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Government has equipped farmer groups in Acholi sub region with assortment of appropriate technologies for agricultural mechanisation and value additions.

The technologies have been supplied alongside iron sheets for construction of churches, motorcycles to church leaders and sewing machines to nodding syndrome affected communities amongst others.

Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, the state minister for Northern Uganda, is traversing the region to deliver farm tools among others to the beneficiaries. She says the technologies were supplied for post conflict recovery under various presidential pledges.

On Thursday, Uganda Radio Network journalist in Gulu saw the equipment being assembled in Omoro district store for distribution to beneficiary groups.

They include 50 ox-ploughs for animal traction in 24 farmer groups involved in joint crop productions, 20 sewing machines for nodding syndrome victims and other vulnerable community groups.

The others are automotive cassava chipping machine for value addition in Palenga Women group and 100 iron sheets for roofing St. Mary's Chapel Artega in Palenga Parish, Bobi Sub County. Construction of the facility was being spearheaded by former secretary to Cabinet Opio Lukone and family.

Douglas Peter Okello, the Omoro district chairperson, says another 300 iron sheets will go out to Ludok Chapel in Odek Sub County, Lapainat Church of Uganda in Koro and Awali Wanglobo Church of Uganda.

Okello says fulfilment of the presidential pledge is a huge momentum in poverty alleviation, crop production and livelihoods.

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Agricultural productivity in post-conflict northern Uganda heavily relies on the use of rudimentary hand tools which greatly limit the size of arable land tilled, planted and produced. Coupled with poor post-harvest handling and storage, tons of essential food get wasted along the value chain.

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