Prime Minister Nabbanja Donates over 20 Motorcycles to Extension Workers to Boost Agriculture in Greater Masaka

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Prime Minister Robinnah Nabbanja has donated more than 20 motorcycles to agricultural extension workers of greater Masaka including the districts of Kalungu, Bukomansimbi, and Sembabule.

The donation was part of a three-day farmer mobilization, education, value addition, and service delivery campaign led by the Prime Minister who represented President Yoweri Museveni which concluded on Sunday, June 30th, 2024 with a public National Farmer’s Mobilization Expo in Kyanamukaka, Bukoto Central, Masaka District.

 Nabbanja while handing over the motorcycles stated that the motorcycles are intended to help extension workers effectively support farmers in the region by providing them with agricultural information and services.

“On behalf of the NRM, I donated over 20 motorcycles to sub-county extension workers to enhance extension services in the districts of Lwengo, Kyotera, Rakai and Masaka districts,” The Prime Minister stated on her X handle.

During the campaign, the Prime Minister also handed over livestock and equipment to farmers in the region to encourage them to switch to commercial farming.

 “We also supported farmers and groups with various agro-inputs, hand-driven tractors, and livestock to boost farmers’ efforts towards wealth creation. The campaign is in response to H.E President Museveni’s six policy proposals that aim at mobilizing farmers to increase agricultural production, productivity, and profitability,” Nabbanja said.

Nabbanja emphasized the importance of agriculture in Uganda and the government’s commitment to supporting farmers through mechanization, access to technology, and education.

“The drive provides a platform for small-scale and large-scale farmers, agricultural researchers, farmer associations, agro-input dealers, and other stakeholders to share knowledge and skills. It facilitates the identification and response to critical issues affecting service delivery in agriculture and other sectors. I am hopeful that the drive will significantly enhance agricultural production, productivity, and profitability for socio-economic transformation,” she added.

The Prime Minister also cautioned the extension staff against using motorcycles for personal gains like boda boda services, urging them to focus on service delivery by training farmers on best practices to improve agricultural produce and animal husbandry.

In September 2023, Prime Minister Nabbanja also donated 5 motorcycles to extension workers in Luwero district as part of the government’s efforts to improve agricultural productivity, service delivery, and livelihoods in Uganda. However, the district was reportedly “stuck with them” as of June 2024.

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