Teso mid-east livestock cooperative gets a brand new tractor

Simon Atubi-gen secretary of Teso mid-east livestock Sacco

NEWS- The Ministry of Agriculture animal industry and fisheries has finally delivered a brand new Holland tractor with a trail to Teso mid-east livestock cooperative in Katakwi District.

The general secretary for the cooperative Simon Peter Atubi on 14th of March 2023 confirmed to the media that the tractor that they requested from the Ministry of Agriculture in charge of infrastructure and mechanization programme through their area Legislator Peter Ogwang and that it has come at a right time of the rains.

“Its true we have received the new tractor and this will help the farmers do mechanized agriculture, large scale farming and value addition, ” Viva-Viva president Museveni and our MP ” Atubi” joyfully revealed to the journalists.

Charles Alemukori and David Kedi, all cooperative members, said this will help them increase the mode of farming in their localities and improve livelihoods in their families.

The Ngariam County legislator and also Minister of education and sports (SPORTS) Peter Ogwang lauded President Museveni for his continued guidance in promoting the development and commercialization of the Agricultural sector as a pillar for middle-income achievement for about 68% of the smallholder farmers in Uganda.

Ogwang added that he took time to advise the beneficiaries on how to adapt to the current state of commercial farming as one way of coming out of poverty.

“I implore you, my dear people, to work as a team and avoid isolating others for personal gains,” Ogwang told the cooperative members while at his farm in Okuliaka village, Okulonyo Sub County.

However, Teso mid-east livestock cooperative has over 130 registered members.

The report compiled shows that in December 2022 at Namalere national agricultural referral mechanization centre,  president Museveni handed over 150 tractors to farmer groups across the country and 100 motorcycles to agricultural inspectors, where he tasked them to embrace good farming methods and mechanized agriculture in order to increase productivity.

According to the report, Uganda as a country currently has 4,782 units of tractors both private and government supplied and out of that number, about 25 percent of the tractors are in a functional state.

Hon Ogwang talking to livestock farmers at his farm in okulonyo sub county