Presidential Advisor Skeptical On Defeating Poverty


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Kakwenzire made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Chimpreports on Wednesday at a function in Ntugamo district where about 20 heifers were given away to Kikoni model farmers.

She said goals aimed at achieving poverty levels lower than 15 percent are achievable by 2015 as set by the United Nations but Uganda needs 20 years to meet the set target.

“The setbacks in the road sector, power and education and peoples mind set on poverty alleviation are hindrances towards achieving the goals,” she said, adding that however, some parts of the country are one way or another transformed due to the hard works of some individuals.

“We have other millennium development goals alongside poverty alleviation like provision of education, health facilities which are all achievable and within a decade or two Uganda will be transformed,” added Kakwenzire.

Some farmers at the function received Friesian heifers from the presidential initiative on poverty alleviation. These will help the beneficiaries make model farms where others learn in the process of transforming the communities.

About 20 Friesian heifers and 2 bulls for zero grazing were given to farmers in Kikoni model village one of the 27 model villages in the country managed under the poverty alleviation department of State House.

At the handover ceremony, Kakwenzire said that model villages will help farmers transform into commercial systems since most farmers from western Uganda have joined efforts to improve their households using the project.

“I call upon other parts of the country to adopt this so that together we transform our households,” she added.

Kakwenzire said after realizing some of the hardships in different parts of the country while transforming households to self sustaining families, President Yoweri Museveni directed 27 model villages in the country to be formed and scattered in the country under presidential poverty alleviation program.

Six are from the western Uganda and six in central region.

Speaking at the same function, the Western region presidential poverty alleviation assistant, Mary Busingye Kabesiime Babiiha said these cows will help farmers to improve on productivity of milk, ghee among other products.

The chairman of the model farmers, Ben Rugugu said it is an investment in the district since they will sell their products to raise their incomes.


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