abortion http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-site-jetpack.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Addressing farmers and exhibitors at the 21st Source of the Nile National Agricultural Exhibition and Trade Show in Jinja recently, information pills Kadaga noted that NAADs in its current form is a cost to the farmers and a gift to service providers.
“I think the NAADS programme was not well designed. It doesn’t make sense for 60 percent of the NAADS funds to be spent on service providers and only 20 percent to the farmers, and the farmers are asked to raise the other 20 percent I don’t know from where,” She noted.
Speaker Kadaga also decried the use of a uniform formula in the allocation of NAADS funds to all Sub counties across the country proposing the use of area and population size in determining the distribution of resources.
“It is not proper to have the same quantum for all Sub counties. A sub county with four parishes cannot have the same allocation with a sub county that has ten parishes. This is not equitable and it becomes difficult for the leaders to distribute the resources efficiently,” she emphasized.
Rt.Hon Kadaga expressed delight over the proposed agricultural insurance scheme spearheaded by the Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda noting that this will boost the efficiency of the farmers whose industry is often ravaged by insufficient rains and drought.
She also re-echoed the need to embrace traditional practices that promote food security at household level.
“We need to revamp the old practice of having granaries in our homes. In the past every homestead used to have three granaries. I appeal to the clan leaders and local Councils to mobilise the population to embrace this as a move to improve food security at household level,” she added.
The President of Uganda National Farmers Federation, Charles Ogang, decried the lack of access to farm credit from the Commercial bank citing it as a challenge to capitalization of the sector.
He appealed to government to support mechanisation of the agricultural sector that has only 3 percent of the farmers using tractors and 92 percent surviving on the hand hoe.
The farmers also reported the presence of fake agricultural inputs on the market as a major challenge to the sector with many farmers reporting huge losses of crops and livestock.
The Farmers Association appealed to government to institute a special police section to handle inspection of agro-inputs.