UPDF gives Kabale farmers rotten potato seeds


Farmers in Kabale Municipality are up in arms following the supply of rotten Irish potato seeds to them by the Operation Wealth Creation officials.

The seeds were supplied to farmers in Kabale Municipality on Monday by a supplier contracted by the officials of the program.

The Irish potatoes were supplied after the farmers requested for them.

However, the farmers have raises concerns about the quality and quantity of the seeds supplied.

They are now demanding that the official take back the seeds.

Aida Amutuheire a farmer from Butobere Ward in Kabale Central Division says that most of the Irish potato seeds distributed to them were rotten; an indication that they will not germinate.

Paul Mugume, another beneficiary who registered to receive 20 kilograms of the seeds says that the quality and quantity of the seed supplied was less than what was expected.

The farmers had each signed for 20 kilograms of the Irish potato seeds but were each given only 17 kilograms or less.

According to the farmers, the officials delivered sacks and asked them to share but they discovered that the quoted quantity was less.

The Operation Wealth Creation coordinator in-charge of Kabale Municipality, Captain Vanansio Tumwebaze, blames the mess on the suppliers.

He said the sacks were sealed when they received them and in-turn distributed them sealed.

Captain Tumwebaze says they agreed with the supplier to deliver bags containing a total of 80 Kilograms and four farmers shared a sack.


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