A village in Kabale district has rejected seeds currently being distributed by Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) soldiers to farmers across the country.
The idea initiated by President Yoweri Museveni and commanded by his brother, Rtd Gen Salim Saleh, aimed at extending agricultural services to the lowest person.
The exercise running under Operation Wealth Creation saw many people register themselves indicating quantities of seeds they needed countrywide.
However, a report from Kabale indicates that a one Acline Kyomuhendo of Omwibaare cell, Rushaki parish Southern division Kabale Municipality, declined to register.
“Free things are not good,” Kyomuhendo pointed out saying her village mates have refused to pick a kilo of seeds.
Most have planted their gardens already.
“You cannot distribute seeds in the middle of season and expect anyone to pick them,” she said.
Kyomuhendo says, in any case, they are just giving seeds without teaching people how to improve access to high quality inputs, planting and stocking materials.
The Chairman LC 1 Omwibaare cell, Broadie Tumwesigyire, says he told people to go and pick the seeds but they refused.
He says the army should distribute the seeds early enough before the planting season otherwise its a wastage of money.
“They should give our seed to others who are planting at end of season,” Broadie suggested.
The National Development Plan launched in 2010 by President Museveni was emphasasing advisory services and improved technology to farmers.
Speaking from his country home in Rwakitura, Nyabushozi county Kiruhuura district shortly after attending Easter prayers, Museveni said that government took a deliberate decision to dedicate much of the resources under the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) to the procurement and distribution of cash crops such as coffee, tea, oranges and mangos.
The President said due to this deliberate policy decision by the government, the seedlings of the non-cash crops that have been distributed this season have not been enough and can’t cover many homesteads country wide.
The President noted that for this agricultural season, government will distribute 37.6 million seedlings of coffee, 28 million tea seedlings, 2.8 million orange seedlings, 1 million seedlings of mangos, 2 million seedlings of cocoa and 3 million seedlings of pineapples.
He said the government will also provide 760,000 banana suckers, 800,000 cassava stems, 5000 cows, 5000 goats and 2000 piglets.