By Stephen Enatu
Leaders from Teso sub region have castigated Operation Wealth Creation for failing to satisfactorily fulfill its mandate.
Elders revealed this yesterday during the non-state, state actors and civil society members at the anti-corruption convention held by TAC at Timisha Hotel in Soroti city.
The Resident District commissioner (RDC) Ngora, Ambrose Onoria said that the germination rate of seeds distributed under operation wealth creation (OWC) is below 45%.
According to Onoria, the trend is perpetuated by lack of monitoring by the responsible officers at the District level singling out the production department.
Meanwhile, the Civil Society Organizations in their report for Teso outlined a number of challenges affecting OWC that include the untimely distribution of inputs to farmers.
They cited beneficiaries in Kumi who rejected maize seeds, farmers from Kapujan Sub County who also abandoned cassava cuttings and farmers in Kakure Sub Countyin Kalaki District who rejected maize and beans seeds.
In the convention, the CSO’s recommended that Operation Wealth Creation Secretariat should work with and support the already established local government structures including the Agricultural Officers, Veterinary Officers, Parish Chiefs who are near the farmers as a way of ensuring that the farmers’ needs are heard ad respected.