The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and
Fisheries, Frank Tumwebaze is discouraging donors from giving his
Tumwebaze says cash donations are tempting and also items to be
procured could take longer because of the procedures that must be taken
such as domestic and international bidding among others.
made the statement on Tuesday after receiving desert locust support
equipment from the Japan International Cooperation Agency-JICA and the
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization-FAO at the ministry's
head offices in Entebbe.
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says the motorbikes will be given to extension workers to sensitize
farmers and communities about crop and animal protection activities
across the country since dessert locusts were successfully eliminated
last year. But he cautioned that all should be on standby for any invasion of desert
locusts in Uganda.
Byantwale Tibeijuka, the Commissioner for Crop Protection at the agriculture ministry, agrees with Tumwebaze, saying the donations are
worth a total of 3billion shillings and the equipment could have taken a minimum of
six months to be procured and delivered in Uganda.
says the trucks will be stationed at Soroti Flying School and Moroto
Airstrip where the desert locust central response units have been set up for
the areas affected or threatened by the crop pest.
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Querido, the Country Representative of FAO, says the agency has today
donated 2 light-duty trucks (Howo make)
for transporting equipment and pesticides, a Toyota Land Cruiser, and four
motorbikes among other items.
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The agency has since last year donated pesticides against desert locusts, Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine doses, personal
protective equipment and given 750,000 shillings to each of 11,881
households affected and threatened by desert locusts to meet their food
and other basic needs. The cash handouts roll out lasted six
FAO made the donations in a bid to support Uganda's efforts to
control desert locusts and other crop pests in the future. Querido says the
invasion last year affected close to 750,000 households in Northern and
Eastern Uganda between January and September 2020.
Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya that were hard hit by the desert locust
invasion, Querido says the impact was not as much in Uganda.
He however says the experience in those three countries should teach Uganda to prepare for the worst in the near future.
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Fukuhara, the JICA senior representative said the Japanese government
has today donated three heavy-duty trucks (Isuzu make) towards supporting Uganda's
efforts in controlling desert locusts. The government donated 22
motorbikes early this year to the ministry for the same purpose.
Fukuhara says the donations reflect his government's support
to Uganda's desert locust response efforts and it is also a continuation
of their long-standing cooperation for development and protection of the
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Japan currently supports the implementation of the Promotion of Rice
Development Projects phase one and two, Northern Uganda Farmers'
Livelihood Improvement Project, the project on Enhancing
Diagnostic Capacity for Animal Disease Control, and two irrigation
development projects in Atari River Basin Area.
also dispatched Agriculture Planning Advisors to the agriculture
ministry 13 years ago to support Agriculture policy formulation and
implementation, Knowledge Co-Creation Program-KCCP. The KCCP has
resulted in the training of several agricultural officers in Central and
local government in a bid to boost agricultural productivity and