450,000 households to benefit from 150 million USD loan


By Kabuye Ronald
Uganda has received 150 million USD loan from international development Association through the World Bank to revamp the agriculture sector, by putting the focus on five specific crops which include beans, coffee, maize, rice, and cassava.
The rolled out project will be piloted in five districts where farmers will form cluster and each will promote a specific crop.
These districts include Kalungu which will focus on coffee, Ntungamo on beans, Iganga on maize, Amuru on Rice and Nebbi on growing cassava.
According to the minister for Agriculture, animal industry and fisheries Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the first year of the project will benefit a total of 30,000 farming households. While in the second year a total of 450,000 farming households will benefit since 12 more districts will be added onto the project.
He asserts that government is going to contribute 68% of the cost of the items farmers will use during the first year, and 50% during the second year of the project and 32% in the third year to support farmers sustain their project
He further adds that the project has four major components including helping farmers to irrigate crops, marking the produce, storage to help farmers increase the productivity


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