The World Bank, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, has provided Shs1.2 billion to help five farmer groups in Tororo District set up value-addition facilities for cassava, maize, and rice.
Among the selected farmer groups is Osukuru United Women Network, which was allocated Shs237m, Naweyo United Farmers Group (Shs300m), and Community Child Care Initiative Kisoko (Shs237m).
Others are Deliverance Church Ochegen Sacco Kwapa (Shs237m), and Merikit Progressive Farmers Association (Shs300m).
The groups will use the grants under the agriculture cluster development project to procure processing equipment, among others.
Construction is expected to be complete within a period of three months before agro-processing machines are installed at different sites belonging to the farmers’ groups.
During the handover of construction sites to the farmers on Monday, the Tororo Resident District Commissioner, Mr. Nickson Owole, urged the beneficiaries to own and utilize the facilities, saying it will help them to add value to their products and earn better pay.
He asked the contractors to ensure the works are of high quality that reflects value for money.
“Government has extended support to your groups and what we expect from you is to own the project so that it helps to change lives economically,” he said.
The Tororo District chairperson, Mr. John Okeya, said value-addition will increase farm productivity and market for the selected agricultural commodities among the groups.