Steven Katwire, the Senior Agricultural Engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture says that the money has been allocated in response to a request by the district authorities who sought support towards repairing some of the community access roads in the area that are in bad shape.
Minister Sam Kuteesa lauching the cosntruction Kyabe -Kyabalesa road in Sembabule on April 26 ,2021 poto By Wilson Kutamba (1)
district local government has received Shilling 540million to cater for the repair
of community access roads in the district. The
money is part of a special grant from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal
Husbandry and Fisheries-MAIF for the rehabilitation of agricultural access
roads in food processing areas under the Labor Saving Technologies and
Steven Katwire, the Senior Agricultural Engineer
in the Ministry of Agriculture says that the money has been allocated in
response to a request by the district authorities who sought support towards
repairing some of the community access roads in the area that are in bad shape. Katwire notes that the
funds have been earmarked to repair roads that connect to areas with high
agricultural production levels.
“Labor Saving and Technologies Program at MAAIF
will take over the whole project because we have all the engineers and other
tools to see this project done,” he said while commissioning the project works
Engineer Konde Tamale, the Sembabule District
Principal Engineer indicates that the grant is a big relief to the area, adding
that they are currently struggling to carry out the required road maintenance
given the meagre resources available. “The district budget for the road fund is
Shillings 900 million for a full year. But this can hardly do much as compared
to the need,” he observed.
Konde noted that their technical committee has identified
Kyabi-Kyabaleesa and Kanoni-Katusi-Kyamenya roads in Rugushuulu Sub County
measuring 21.7 and 14kilometers respectively for repair under the program. He
asked the residents to surrender part of their land to allow the contractor to
expand the road once the works begin this week.
“Some part of these two roads will require the
contractor to pull down some fences to expand the road width e to make them
more motorable than they are apparently,” he noted.
Sam Kahamba Kuteesa, the Foreign Affairs
Minister and Mawogola North County Member of Parliament, says that the project
is a grand opportunity for the local farmers who have grappling with the poor
road network in their areas.
He challenged the residents in the benefiting
villages to leverage the opportunity of the improved roads to increase their productivity
because of improved transport. Henry Mugume and Patrick Rukundo, residents of
Kyabi village welcomed the project, saying the poor road network had denied
them access to the market, which affects their earnings.
of us had stopped milking because we had no way to reach the main road or towns
where we could fetch some reasonable price for our produce. Cars could hardly
access our farms hence suffering exploitation by middlemen,” Mugume