KISORO – Kisoro district has received a significant boost in its agricultural sector with the delivery of 4,000 apple seedlings valued at over 40 million shillings.
This generous contribution came from the National Agricultural Advisory Services Programme (NAADS) Secretariat, reflecting a concerted effort to encourage apple cultivation in the region.
The official handover of the seedlings took place yesterday under the leadership of Deputy District Resident Commissioner (DRDC), Tukamuhabwa Robert. The DRDC, along with the district leadership, ensured that the seedlings were promptly distributed to their intended recipients.
Habomugisha Richard, the Kisoro district production officer, revealed that only nine apple farmers, situated in sub-counties such as Busanza, Nyundo, Kanaba, and the town councils of Bunagana and Nyanamo, were selected as direct beneficiaries of this initiative.
Habomugisha emphasized the production department’s unwavering commitment to supporting apple farmers in Kisoro, aiming to enable them to achieve high-quality harvests that can compete effectively in the market.
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In May of this year, a similar quantity of apple seedlings faced rejection by Kisoro district Chairman and District Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) Commander, Colonel Kayita. The rejection was based on concerns related to accountability and the lack of specific beneficiaries.
In contrast, Abel Bizimana, the current Kisoro district Chairman, praised the transparency exhibited by the present district production office. He expressed satisfaction that detailed information about the actual beneficiaries of the apple seedlings was shared, acknowledging that such transparency is crucial in preventing financial losses and legal repercussions.
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Deputy RDC Tukamuhabwa Robert seized the opportunity to highlight the significance of NAADS’ support in providing 4,000 apple seedlings to Kisoro. He emphasized the potential of apple cultivation to boost the incomes of local farmers, citing the high value placed on apple fruits. Tukamuhabwa also pointed out that the president has been actively advocating for the promotion of apple growing in the Kigezi sub-region due to the favorable temperatures conducive to apple cultivation.
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