Bunyoro leaders have called on Government to strengthen agricultural extension workers country wide if Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) to make an impact in communities. They claim that OWC workers only distribute seeds and inputs without giving farmers extension guidance.
OWC replaced National Agricultural Advisory Services Organization-NAADS. It was established by President Museveni in July 2013 with a view to eradicate poverty and facilitate growth of household income, mainly through agriculture.
A report on the progress of the program for Bunyoro region presented by the Kibaale district production officer Peter Ssetayi, indicates that the program is facing a lot of challenges which include delayed delivery of inputs, planting of inputs in wetland, lack facilitation and transport for extension workers, inadequate extension works and supply of poor quality inputs among others.
Ssettayi said extension workers are crucial in assisting farmers to make right choices on top of learning new technologies. The report also indicates that farmers receive little inputs while others do not utilize the inputs they receive.
It further indicates that instead of supplying the inputs to parishes were farmers can easily access them, the inputs are delivered to farmers at the sub county headquarters which are located at a far distance from the beneficiaries.
However, Ethel Bakisula the NAADS senior procurement officer admitted to the challenges but promised that government is working had to address them. She urged different stakeholders monitor and advocate for the program to ensure its progress.