- The RDC has threatened to collect all motorcycles given to extension workers by Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries [MAAIF] if they don’t up their performances.
Dokolo – Resident District Commissioner [RDC] of Dokolo Mr. Lawrence Egole has warned sub-county extension workers against being non-performers.
Mr. Egole made this warning on Thursday [last week] when closing the sensitization meeting of district stakeholders on Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) organized by Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries.
The RDC also said he has ordered all LC1s and LC3s chairpersons to report to his office monthly, to report matters of security and other government projects in their areas.
He urged different ministries to always make district councillors their first beneficiaries of “all their programs” because they [councillors] get low payment and yet they do “a lot of work than Members of Parliament”.
He advised the district speaker to plan for another council visit to western part of Uganda to learn “many things”.
In 2017, Dokolo district took her councillors to Kanungu district and up to date they have not implemented objectives of their visit. Many say another visit to the “west” as proposed by the RDC is “waste of tax payers’ money”.
Mr. Yafesi Ogwang, the assistant commissioner at MAAIF said the multibillion projects which have started in the district will end in 2022.
Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) is being implemented in 57 districts in the country with Dokolo, Apac, Lira, Kole, Oyam districts some of the beneficiaries.
The project has tasked farmers to be in clusters. Some of the crops recommended to growing are; rice, beans, cassava, among others.
According to MAAIF commissioner, Lango sub-region is in cluster number seven with a set target of producing majorly beans and cassava respectively.
In Dokolo district, he says MAAIF plans to have around 200 farmer groups.
“Farmers should embrace the use of fertilizers and to add value to their agricultural products before sale,” he advised.
Dr. Richard Enyang, the Dokolo district production and natural resource officer said among the crops to be grown by cluster number seven includes; rice, beans, maize, cassava and coffee.
Mr. Isah Mboge, the chief administrative officer [CAO] Dokolo district advised MPs to discuss increment of budget to the agriculture sector “if government wants to boost livelihood standard”.