KAMWENGE – The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries, Frank Tumwebaze has flagged off the construction of 4 farm access roads costed at 2.3BN under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project in Kamwenge District.
The 4 farm access roads are part of the 29 Farm Access Roads that will be constructed across the country.
In partnership with the World Bank, the Government of Uganda has earmarked 29 road chokes for construction to ease access to markets from high production centers to boost commercial agriculture for the smallholder farmers. This exercise is being implemented under the Ministry’s Agriculture Cluster Development Project funded by the World Bank over a period of 6 years and implemented in 57 districts of Uganda.
Speaking at the Groundbreaking ceremony,Tumwebaze said that the 37.6KM of farm access roads that would be rehabilitated in the Kamwenge District would cost Ugs2,301,237,615/= only. The roads are in Kamwenge (17.6km), Bwizi/Biguli (10km), Bwizi/Nkoma (5km), and Bihanga (5km) sub-counties
“These road chokes are government’s intervention to ensure that our farmers are not farming for the stomach and can be able to engage in trade and boost their household incomes as we have been saying under the Parish Development Model recently rolled out by the Government,” Hon. Tumwebaze said
The 4 farm access roads are a part of the total of 29 farm access roads that will be constructed in 57 districts of Uganda where the Agriculture Cluster Development Project is currently hosted. These road chokes will cost a total of Ugs32.1 Billion
The District LCV Chairman, Mr Joseph Karungi, extended his gratitude to the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries for the increased involvement of their stakeholders in the implementation of Government programs.
“The Contractor who has been introduced to us, Tamsack Development Link Uganda Ltd, is managed by one of our own and we can follow up for efficiency in the construction and completion of the road works,” Mr Karungi said.
The Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) is a 6-year project implemented by MAAIF with support from the World Bank. The specific objectives are to (i) support intensification of on-farm production of five priority commodities (ii) improve marketing and post-harvest handling of farm produce (iii) Develop institutional frameworks to support key regulatory MAAIF functions and (iv) promote the use of disruptive digital technologies for the transfer and dissemination of agricultural information. The project targets to support 450,000 farmers aggregated into 300 Area-based Commodity Cooperative Enterprises (ACCEs) comprising 3,000 Rural Producer Organizations (RPOs) constituted by 30,000 Farmer Groups