By George Emuron
TESO: The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has donated a total of sixteen walker tractors (Flying star) through the office of the Speaker Rt. Hon. Anet Among Anita to the Teso districts.
The walker tractors were handed over to the beneficial farmers on Saturday at Apopong village in Kolir sub county in Bukedea district.
Among the benefited districts in Teso sub region include; Bukedea, Ngora and Bulambuli.
Festo Obonye, the engineer under ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries who officiated the handover said out of the sixteen walker tractors, Bulambuli district received one, Ngora district two and the remaining once are for Bukedea district since it’s one of the piloting districts.
“The Ministry of Agriculture procured 16 walker tractors for three districts in Teso and these particulars once are for the pilot study,” Mr Obonye said.
Mr. Obonye added that the ministry of agriculture under the vision of 2040 targets to eliminate the use of ox plough.
“All this avenues is focused on commercial farming, whereby farmers are expected to shift from subsistence to commercial, these walker tractors plough over five hectares in one single day, so farmers can produce for both food stuff and for commercial,”Mr. Obonye said.
Cyprian Paul Opolot, the Malera Agricultural Officer who represented the district production and commercial officer Bukedea district says, the walker tractors would now address the challenges of food security.
He says most farmer groups are affected due to delays on farm opening.
“The biggest challenge most farmer face is power to open farms early, you find that rains come early but a farmer has to wait for a neighbor and a relative’s oxen’s in order to open his or her farm, but with this support of the walker tractors food insecurity threat will now be addressed,” Mr. Opolot said.
Hajji Imran Muluga, the Bukedea resident district commissioner said the walker tractors have come at the right time when the government is on its peak to implement the parish development model program.
“I would like to appreciate MAAIF, Hon Speaker and the government for these wonderful interventions,” he appreciated.
Moses Oluka, one of the Ngora farmer to farmer representatives, says farm opening which has been the big challenge has been addressed.
However, he urged the government to build the strategies of supporting a local farmer in marketing their products.
“Our group deals with ground nut cultivation but sometimes market inflation affects us”, said Oluka.