THE CHICS ARE ALSO MEANT TO IMPROVE ON QUALITY OF CHICKEN IN THE VILLAGES
With 39% of Uganda’s population still outside the money economy, Vice President Maj. Jessica Alupo has embarked on a program to improve on women incomes and quality of poultry in Katakwi district.
Alupo while interacting with the women in the district, also urged all of them to join Parish Development Model and embrace further; income generating projects like dairy, fish, fruits, piggery, and massive food production.
The VP who has been in the district on a poverty alleviation campaign, interacted with women groups on different ways in which they can grow their savings with support from different government programs like PDM, Emyooga, women fund among others.
Realizing that enterprise selection/development and financial literacy are still a challenge facing most women, Alupo also promised that a team would be dispatched to train the women in Katakwi on these critical issues.
“Government is committed to continuing with efforts to resolve the issue of the 39% of the population that is not yet in the money economy in Uganda” she said, adding that leaders at all levels must ensure that they explain governmnent programs to the people so that they do not miss out on their intended benefits.
Alupo who is also Katakwi district Woman MP, extended her generosity by giving out over 5000 Kroiler chics to women in the counties of Ngariam, Usuk and Toroma, all in Katakwi district in an effort to boost their incomes and also improve on the quality of chicken in the villages.
“Thank you for the tireless efforts to help women and also supporting us to fight poverty at household level” said Melda Akiror a local from Omodoi Subcounty who’s among the several beneficiaries of this poultry project by the Vice President to the women in the district.
The VP also outlined to them the different government projects underway across country including in Katakwi district. The programs included Electricity extention to rural areas, Health, Education, Road infrastructure among others. She said infrastructure development especially on roads and extension of electricity are aimed at boosting production and therefore urged the locals to ensure that they position themselves to fully benefit from these development projects.
“Electricity extension is primarily meant to enable job creation and value addition. The good roads will be there for us to ease movement of what we have produced. So, I want all of us to think critically on what we shall use these facilities for when we get them to our rural areas” she said.
Meanwhile, Usuk county MP Okiror Bosco commended the unity within which the leaders of Katakwi district are aproaching the challenges affecting their people and requested all the locals to remain united.
Toroma County MP Joseph Andrew Koluo described Alupo’s gestures as “leadership we want in Katakwi”.
“I also want to thank Alupo for being a team player. She has tirelessly endeavoured to create time for her voters inspite of her tight schedule as Vice President” he said.
In another development, the LC5 Chairperson Katakwi District-Geoffrey Omolo tasked the women to own the projects and fight poverty in their households.
He added that road from Kumi-Omatenga-Toroma-Katakwi-Usuk to Orungo corner would soon be upgraded to first class murrum.
The function was also attended by the Deputy RDC Vincent Xsaviour Okwi who thanked the VP for her tireless efforts to kick poverty out of Katakwi and other parts of the country.
“As Katakwi women, we pledge total commitment to full utilisation of the government programs. We know they will greatly transform our livelihoods, families and societies. We promise to look after them well and multiply the numbers ” the women told the Vice President.