The failure by extension workers in Kasese District to reach out
to the community is affecting farming activities.
Many extension workers have reportedly abandoned their duty stations
or are take long to respond to farmer’s concerns.
Asuman Masereka, the District Chief Administrative Officer Asuman Masereka says the extension officers in the district are no longer
working. He says the farmers in the district are grappling without extension
services which have affected their production rate.
Masereka blames the absence of extension services on laxity among
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Masereka says that he has instructed the head of the production
department with his sub-county team to develop quarterly targets before the
department’s budgets are approved.
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Julius Rukara, the Kasese District Agriculture Officer says that
he will meet with extension workers to remind them of their duties.
However, he says some farmers are fond of intentionally
downplaying services of extension works even when they have been helpful.
Lt. Col. James Nkojo working with Operation Wealth Creation-OWC
says there is a decline in the quality of major farm products from the region
which he says the technical people need to address.
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Mbabazi Margaret a local farmer in Kyarumba Sub County says she
has been in the cocoa business for the last 10 years but has never seen an extension
officer in her area. She says many like her are struggling to address the
challenges of pests and diseases without technical advice.
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Ernest Muhindo an agricultural officer in Kyarumba Sub County
however blames farmers for failing to contact extension workers even when they
are available in the communities.
Samuel Ssenku who is the Kasese District deputy CAO also blames
farmers for not reaching out to the available extension officers in their
areas. He says it’s unfortunate that most farmers expect the service
providers to visit them in their homes seeking to understand their farming