By George Emuron
The office of His Excellency, the President of Uganda through Statehouse has empowered the farmers of Apopong parish in Kolir Sub County in Bukedea district with hybrid goats under the Poverty Alleviation Program (PAP).
The goats were given out yesterday, Monday, 6th March, 2023 at Apopong village.
Poverty Alleviation Program is a government program aimed at reducing the rate of poverty in the country by providing proper access to food, monetary help, and basic essentials to the households and families living below the poverty line.
About six hundred households are registered to benefit from hybrid goats from the program.
Ms. Hellen Akello, the private secretary for poverty alleviation in state house says a total of 560 goats have been distributed as a piloting point before rolling out to the entire district.
“This project is going to roll out to the entire district of Bukedea, we are here in the parish of Apopong as a pilot parish”, said Ms. Akello.
Ms. Akello also added that hybrid goats are expected to multiply whereby each farmer is advised to take care of it without selling.
“We are giving you these hybrid goats to help you change your life in your family and it’s from the president’s office, you should not think of selling these goats”, said Ms. Akello.
Janet Asio, one of the beneficiaries who is a widow said the hybrid goat given to her family will now help her to eradicate poverty.
“I am a widow and have been suffering without any goat, now I have benefited by getting a goat I am going to keep it until it produces more,” said Ms. Asio.
Mr. William Wilberforce Tukei, the Bukedea Resident District Commissioner said the district security team will be monitoring the project since it’s from the President office.
“I want to appeal to the project beneficiaries that let’s emulate and embrace the project in order to change our households, we are going to monitor this jealously,” said Mr. Tukei.
Ms. Mary Akol, the Bukedea district vice chairperson, applauded the project. She said the project has come at the right time when most farmers are hit by famine and they have sold all what they had for school fees of their children.
“This hybrid goats have come at the right time when most of the farmers have sold what they had to cater for school fees, my message to the beneficiaries, let’s keep the project to live,” said Ms. Akol.