Robert Adiga and Charles Anguma
Councillors in Nebbi district have criticised the strategy being used in the implementation of the Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP), saying it has not yielded the intended results in terms of productivity and production in the local communities.
The councillors were last week discussing the suitability strategy used under ACDP in the district in a meeting organised by the production department aimed at giving a progress report and review on ACDP being implemented by the agriculture ministry.
The project development objective is to increase productivity, production and marketable volumes of priority commodities, such as rice, maize, beans, cassava and coffee.
Joyce Piwa, the district agriculture officer and also ACDP focal person Nebbi, in her report, says there was training on good agronomic practice for the farmers at the district level by the extension workers.
She further says there was also some training on post-harvest handling as well as training of farmers under farmer institutional development by the community development officers.
However, Jeff Thorwinyo-wa, the councillor representing Nebbi municipality, blamed the digitalisation of the system, arguing that people who grow cassava are mainly illiterate people.
Obedgiu Iddo, the councillor representing Parombo sub-county, said the Local community has not been involved in planning and budgeting and accused some Individual elites of hijacking the opportunity.
Meanwhile, Gilbert Onencan, the assistant chief administrative officer also blamed the co-operative members for only relying on tractors to open up the land than organising people manually to do the same amount of work.