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Residents Vandalize Ngetta ZARDI Irrigation Scheme

Dr Laban Frank Turyagenda, the Director of Research at the institute says that the chain link surrounding the fish pond was also destroyed by unknown people.

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Residents neighbouring Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute (ZARDI) have been accused of vandalizing the multi-billion irrigation scheme. 

The 2.1 Billion Shillings solar-powered irrigation system was established on a 12-acre piece by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries under the Agricultural Cluster Development Project. 

It was meant to among other things facilitate various research projects being conducted at the institute, facilitate the production of high-value crop seeds and pasture for feeding animals at the farm as well as for farmers surrounding the institute.  It is also being used to train farmers on simple micro-irrigation to farmers. 

However, unknown people believed to be part of the community surrounding the institute have vandalized the plant. Only 68 out of the 300 sprinklers that were established are functional. 

Dr Laban Frank Turyagenda, the Director of Research at the institute says that the chain link surrounding the fish pond was also destroyed by unknown people. 

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Turyagenda, says that the Institution is now seeking the intervention of security personnel to protect the facility from destruction. 

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Denis Okello, the LCI Chairperson of Okii-oyere village saying cases of vandalism have been reported to his office. According to Okello, three months ago, he arrested residents who were found in possession of the institute’s equipment and handed them to police.

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Nelson Obira, a resident says that he has benefited a lot from Ngetta ZARDI, He advised the community surrounding the institute to make the best use of the facility.  The Institute is mandated to monitor, supervise and coordinate agricultural research on disease and new technologies within 15 districts in Lango and Acholi sub-regions. 

ZARDI, which is under the guidance of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) conducts research and technology dissemination in livestock, crop, fisheries, forestry and linking production to market in the districts they cover. 

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