NAADS Boss Under Fire Over Mismanagement

NAADS Executive Director, Dr. Samuel Mungasi

Political, prostate civic leaders and representatives of the farmers in 8 tea growing districts in Ankole and Kigezi have unanimously agreed to petition President Yoweri Museveni over what they call mismanagement of the tea subsector in the area and other agriculture in puts by the National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS).

The leaders who met at Ntungamo district council hall on Thursday included district Chairpersons, stuff Resident District Commissioners (RDCs), production coordinators and lead farmers in tea growing and nursery operators.

They said NAADs was stifling the programme by failing to pay nursery operators despite several directives from the President and Prime Minister.

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The petition that will be delivered to the President next week demands that [he] suspends the NAADS Executive Director Dr. Samuel Mungasi whom they accuse of failing to properly supervise the distribution, growing and production of tea in the districts of Mitooma, Rukungiri, Ntungamo, Isingiro, Kabale, Kisoro, Rubanda and Kanungu.

Frank Byaruhanga, the Chairperson of the regional tea nursery operators told the meeting that several efforts to have nursery operators paid have been frustrated leaving operators in debts and several workers of nurseries rioting for nonpayment.

Uganda is the third producer of tea in Africa after Kenya and Malawi

Uganda is the third producer of tea in Africa after Kenya and Malawi

However, district leaders from Kabale, Rukungiri and Mitooma said that the problem of poor supervision is not only limited tea but all the other NAADs projects in their districts too.

The leaders want to meet the President so as to present their frustrations with NAADS projects among them Dr. Mungasi’s ‘impunity’.

Thursday’s meeting was meant to discuss underlying setbacks in the tea sector in the region and make resolution s that would see it succeed in the next few months.

Western Uganda is the biggest producer of tea in the country with a large scale production in the districts of Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Bushenyi, Mitooma and Kanungu.

Large estates account for close to half of the tea produced in Uganda while the small estates and out growers all together produce 54 per cent of the tea.


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