Uganda: Speaker duties agriculture committee to overview standing of valley dams

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The Speaker, Anita Amongst, has tasked the Committee on Agriculture, Animal Trade and Fisheries to make a complete research on the standing of valley dams and irrigations schemes throughout the nation.

The directive given throughout the plenary sitting on Tuesday, 28 November 2023, follows suggestions by the committee following their evaluation of water for agriculture amenities primarily based within the Karamoja and Teso sub-regions.

“Teso and Karamoja are a small portion of the nation. You will have neglected the cattle hall which is affected. All these points are true and the minister [Agriculture] can’t deny it,” Amongst mentioned.

The committee report introduced by the Chairperson, Hon. Janet Okori-Moe, assessed eight valley dams in 5 districts of the Karamoja sub-region, and 6 irrigation schemes in 4 districts of the Teso sub-region.

The committee noticed that works on most water for agriculture amenities had delayed, have been going through land discrepancies or had not been handed over to the respective native governments upon completion.

“Kosike Valley Dam in Amudat District will not be but full and building works have stalled. Building began in June 2022 however has stalled since December 2022 as a result of lack of involvement of native leaders and demand for compensation by the land homeowners,” Okori-Moe mentioned.

In Bukedea District, the committee famous that that challenge implementation of the Acomai Irrigation Scheme was sluggish, standing at 30 per cent progress, in distinction to the finance ministry’s report that works had reached 47 per cent by July 2023.

“The speed at which water for agricultural manufacturing amenities are degenerating is excessive as a result of poor building, poor upkeep by the group and lack of handover of amenities by accountable ministries,” mentioned Okori-Moe.

She highlighted numerous crosscutting suggestions that embody amongst others, guaranteeing contractors full works of the water amenities with out comprising high quality, in addition to coordinating extension providers to farmers.

Hon. George Bhoka (NRM, Obongi County) reiterated the Speaker’s directive for a nationalistic method to the committee report, saying most points reduce throughout water-stressed areas within the nation.

“I counsel that the committee considers a extra complete evaluation to look into different areas like West Nile, Busoga and Bunyoro amongst others, to have a nationwide image of the state of affairs,” Bhoka mentioned.

The agriculture minister, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, attributed the delays in completion and handover of valley dams and irrigation schemes, to restricted budgetary allocations for the aim.

“Our improvement price range for the ministry ranges between Shs90 billion to Shs130 billion for the entire nation. Water for agriculture will get 60 per cent of that price range which is available in quarters,” Tumwebaze famous.

He added that the ministry has constructed in-house capability by deploying ministry engineers underneath the mechanisation division, which he says has reduce on implementation prices.

He additionally mentioned that valley dams and irrigation schemes underneath building will probably be fenced off and handed over to the respective native governments.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda.


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