Hon. Janet K Museveni’s Dream Of Transforming Karamoja Into A Self Sustaining Region Comes True

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there geneva;”>The Karamoja region had always been regarded as arid, visit web backward and only capable of surviving on alms by Donors and Government continues to surprise many as we witness a positive turn around through increased food production, cure improved access to water for animal and domestic use. The Minster’s resolve to free Karamoja from relying on handouts has thought the concerted efforts of our partners and OPM’s tractor hire programme reduced the relief dependence from 75% to about 25% as reported by the WFP. A total of 10,570 acres have been opened in Karamoja sub region. The Minister of Karamoja Affairs has been resolute in changing this state of affairs shall not continue and that the situation must be turned around and therefore a comprehensive Food Security Plan for Karamoja in February 2010. The Plan, in essence, was to consolidate approaches towards a transformed productive system, with harmonized involvement and easy monitoring of Government and Partner investment and participation.

The OPM, NAADS, Ministry of Agriculture and some agencies such as GTZ supplied seed and other planting material. We have also provided walking tractors and oxen to make the opening of agricultural land faster and easier for the people of Karamoja. These plans have been answered and by God’s grace, the region received suffi cient rains over the past two years which enabled which with timely ploughing and planting has resulted in good harvests in most areas of Karamoja.
For many, the people of Karamoja were thought to live in squalid Manyattas and believed to move from one place to another from time to time. This however will become a thing of the past with the up-scaling of the modern Manyattas using hydraform technology. In the pictures above, settlements have been constructed at Nadunget, Acherer, and Lorengedwat.

The long-term goal of our Food Security plan in the Karamoja region must be based on the assumption that water for production will be available, and in suffi cient quantities, to facilitate largescale irrigation-assisted agriculture. The framework puts the focus on issues peculiar to Karamoja, such as food insecurity, disarmament and cattle rustling, among others. It aims to eliminate continuous dependency on relief aid through the use of modern farming technology, such as tractorization, improved planting methods and materials, construction of water investments, training of farmers and cattle branding. Through this programme, government has integrated gun collection (disarmament) with development interventions, confl ict management and peace building. Development is being used as a means to achieve sustainable peace.

Security Enhancement:

Security in the region has greatly improved over the last three years. Government has continued to recruit and train Karamojong youths from every sub-county into the local defense units to enhance the police presence in the region. Due to the improved security the community has now embarked on food production and other livelihood activities.

Water for production KIDDP has collaborated with the Ministry of Water and Environment to construct small and medium-size dams in every parish. Construction of two big dams in Moroto and Napak districts to provide water for production and miniirrigation is almost complete. To bring water at household level the Prime Minister’s Offi ce has contracted ADRA to undertake rehabilitation of all boreholes in Karamoja to ensure community access to clean and safe water. In addition valley dams have been constructed.


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