Farmers in Butaleja district have received farming machinery worth shs.2 billion from the central government to help them ease their farming activities and improve crop productivity. The items are a direct donation from the People’s Government of China.
The machinery donated include among them tractors, ploughs of different types, state of the art crop planters, maize threshers, sprayers, combined harvesters, processing machinery among others.
While handing over the donated items to farmers at an event held yesterday 27/9/2023 at the district headquarters, Hon. Michael Higenyi Bory, the district LCV chairman, said that the machinery handed over to the farmer groups will enable them to increase crop production and Butaleja district will maintain its position as one of the leading districts in the field of Agriculture.
He added that he is very optimistic that in a period of two years the poverty rate in the district will greatly decline.
Mrs. Hajira Namagogwe, the Resident District Commissioner Butaleja, who presided over the handing over of the donated machinery to the farmer groups called upon the beneficiaries to use these items genuinely so that they improve their livelihoods and as well contribute to the development of the country’s economy.
She thanked the president for loving his people and applauded the government of China for this timely donation.
On his part, Charles Swama, the district Agricultural Engineer called upon group members to always pay the services of the tractor to enable easy and timely maintenance. He added that even though these items have been handed over to farmer groups, Butaleja DLG will continue monitoring them to make sure that they are properly handled.
Some of the beneficiaries from different farmer groups expressed their excitement after receiving the donations. They said that they are ready to use the machinery to improve on their farming activities and also eradicate poverty from their areas.
The farmers include; Mr. Richard Njaye of Doho ll Sacco, Mr. Laston Hididi and others