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Hoima Woman MP Supports Apprehension of Farmers Mismanaging Technology

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.

Shell V-Power Customers Win Trip To Abu-Dhabi

Entering its 8thyear, the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the Middle East’s biggest event and a standout sporting event of the year that offers all visitors an unparalleled social and motor sport experience. 

Bigger than ever before, the Yas Marina Circuit will host GP2 and GP3 as the support races for the final race of 2016 season. The circuit features a 60-metre solar powered Shams Tower and a pit lane, which sees the cars exit via a tunnel passing under the track.

This year, Shell V-Power and its partners Etihad airways and Serena Hotel are flying 10 loyal customers and members of the Shell V-Power club to Abu-Dhabi to tour the Ferrari world theme park and also attend the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. The number of customers travelling to Abu-Dhabi has doubled from 5 customers last year to 10 this year making the campaign bigger and more exciting.

This is the climax of the months long promotion that engaged members of the Shell V-Power club which was formed to reward the members based on a points system every month, and enjoy exclusive rewards from various partners leading to the grand prize of a fully paid trip to Abu Dhabi.

While handing over the fully paid trip packages to the winners at Kampala Serena Hotel, Vivo Energy Marketing Manager Jean Mugisha speaking on behalf of the Managing Director Hans Paulsen, hailed the customers for being loyal to the brand and encouraged them to continue using Shell V-Power because it gives your engine better performance.

“Shell V-Power is a unique premium petrol designed with a metal free formulation and advanced technology to allow an engine to achieve its full power potential. Shell V-Power is Petrol with higher octane rating (95) and the higher the octane level the better the fuel and there is no other fuel with 95 octane levels” said Jean.

“This is not the end of such exciting promotions, at Vivo Energy we always give back to our customers. The Shell V-Power Club rewards will continue so please keep fueling and earning points. The next program will have more exciting rewards” Jean noted.

 

The winners of the fully paid trip to the Ferrari world will leave for Abu Dhabi on 25th and return on 28th November.

IRENA Given €1m To Accelerate Renewable Energy Deployment

The Government of Wallonia of Belgium has committed €1 million to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as part of the Government’s support to international climate efforts.

The announcement was made during a meeting between IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin and Mr. Paul Furlan, Walloon Minister of Housing, Energy, Climate and Local Government and City Policy, Government of Wallonia, at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco.

“In the post-Paris context, the Walloon Region strongly wishes to contribute to the clean and fair development of developing countries especially in Africa, by supporting renewable electrification,” said Minister Furlan.

Renewable energy can play a major role in the alignment of global climate and development objectives, and IRENA provides an active and direct support to countries to accelerate the deployment of renewables.

“The Paris Agreement highlighted renewable energy as a key solution to advance climate action and achieve universal access to sustainable energy,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech.

"We are grateful to the Wallonian Government support for its continued support to IRENA’s work, and especially at this critical juncture for global efforts to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future.”

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Hoima Farmers Not Happy With Operation Wealth Creation

BY George Businge

Farmers in Kinogozi parish Buhimba sub-county in Hoima district are not happy over what they termed as poor management of operation wealth creation (OWC) in area. OWC replaced NAADS and it was established by President Museveni in July 2013 with a view to eradicate poverty and facilitate growth of households’ income, mainly through agriculture and OWC funds was increased from 200billion to 1000 billion shillings.

Speaking during meeting organized by African Centre for Trade and Development-ACTADE, a non-organization focusing at empowering locals on Budgeting processes in local government, the residents and their local leaders claimed that OWC has been poorly managed and as result
many peasants have not benefited.

Moses Abdul among other famers in Kisenyi told a meeting, attended by Hoima district Boss Kadiri Rungi, ACTADE officials and district Production officer Charles Kajura, that most of the famers in area have not benefited from the program because they are not able to  access the farm inputs.

He said that instead of supplying the inputs to parishes were farmers can easily access them; the OWC officials’ supply these inputs at sub-county Headquarters. This follows several complaints of OWC inputs such as coffee and cassava stems drying up at the sub-counties after farmers failed to turn up to collect them.

He also said that those who received the inputs were supplied without empowering them with technical knowledge and as result beneficiaries mismanaged the inputs. They also accused the OWC officials for delivering the products to the farmers when the planting season is ending something said that is failing the program.

They also said farmers are always promised to receive inputs that can at least cover an acre but some time they get 5killograms which is not enough for a quota of an acre.

The farmers claims were supported by the area councilor of Buhimba Sub-county Moses Kasanga who said that the program is becoming a failure because of the inputs supplied are of poor quality and late delivery.

He shocked officials when he explained that 50% of the cows that were given to the farmers in area died because of being of poor quality and challenged government to always procure such cow locally.

Recently the district boss Kadiri blasted OWC officers and threatened to cause
their arrest for mismanaging the program adding that the officers have a tendency of supplying inputs to the rich leaving out the poor yet the program targets the poor.

Hoima and neighboring district are key areas in the Ugandan economy following the discovery of oil and gas. Many times local people complain that they are not benefiting from the oil and gas activities ongoing in the area. One way these people can benefit from the oil boom in the area is by providing farm produce to the oil companies’ camps, hotels and visitors. This they are failing to do because their farm produce don’t match the high standards demanded by oil companies.

There farmers believe that OWC would be a good programme to improve their farming skills, farm output and enable them to do business with oil companies. The failure to improve farmer’s output is irking farmers in the area.

 

 

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