Criminals disrupting OWC, Ssekandi told

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Ssekandi meeting Masaka district officials

Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has urged local farmers engaging in crop husbandry to heed the President’s simplified model of bottle/ drip irrigation, which is a demonstration of crop production all year round without relying on the changing rainfall pattern.

Ssekandi said that the seemingly laborious method can be practiced on small pieces of land below five acres.

He pointed out that the main the raw material for drip irrigation, the bottle, can easily be found at no cost by family members who would benefit from the proceed of the harvest.

While speaking to the people of Kabonera at the sub county headquarters in Masaka district during the handing over of Friesians cows to farmers under Operation Wealth Creation, Ssekandi said that the government programme do not discriminate age, religion political belonging and advised the people to utilise the programme to boost their homestead incomes.

About recent insecurity concerns in Bukoto constituency and the region, the Vice President called for concerted efforts to root out criminals since people living in fear cannot engage in economic production.

Masaka LC5 Chairman, Jude Mbabali, thanked the coordinators of the OWC programme for their transparency when distributing the animals and seedlings.

Mbabali expressed concern about the lack of interest of other Members of Parliament from Masaka who continuously shun district local council meetings.

One of the Friesian cows given to the locals by OWC coordinators

He thanked Ssekandi for attending the meetings or sending a representative when engaged in other national duties.

OWC Coordinator for Masaka District, Major Baker Matovu, said that lower local council leaders are very instrumental in the implementation of government programmes.

He said two million coffee seedlings, 56,000 mango seedlings, and over 1.1 million pineapple suckers have been distributed in the district, but noted that there is increased interest in Friesian cows.

Kabonera Subcounty chairman, Francis Ssebuule, reported about the dysfunctional equipment at the health facility that was damaged after a recent power surge, which has crippled health service delivery.