By George Businge
Hoima District Woman Member of Parliament (MP) Tophasi Kaahwa Byagira has said she is in support that a law introduced to apprehend farmers who mismanage government farming technologies.
Tophasi said this after visiting several sub-counties in Hoima district and found some few seedlings which were given to the people but refused to plant them leaving them to dry under the trees in the villages after picking them.
Tophasi requested the residents if they are not to plant these seeds they should leave it to other people who want to plant them because many people are in need of this initiative of their president.
She appealed to the people who got the seedlings to plant them before they pass out this law because it might begin with them yet she doesn’t want her voters to be affected.
She added that those who were given coffee have a good chance because of the oil in the region. “With oil in our region, the demand for coffee is going to increase and so will the price especially during the process of oil drilling because we shall be having many people looking for different goods including coffee.” She said.
While in Kabarole recently, President Yoweri Museveni said government is drafting a law that will penalize farmers who receive Operation Wealth Creation seedlings and later abandon them in their homes. The president was upset over reports that over 40 percent of the district technologies died in people’s compounds unplanted.
Lt Kaahwa Andrew, the Operation Wealth Creation in charge Hoima Municipality, earlier this year said that they have faced the challenge of people taking seedlings and they don’t plant them leaving them in their compounds to get destroyed.
Tophus Kaahwa observes that the tendency of people not putting to use the inputs has caused government financial losses in billions of shillings. However Tophasi Kaahwa Byagira cautioned government against late delivery of these inputs like cassava and other seedlings.