The Government of Uganda in partnership with the World Bank has earmarked 29 road chokes for construction to ease access to markets from high production centres. This is expected to boost commercial agriculture for smallholder farmers. This exercise is being implemented under the Ministry’s Agriculture Cluster Development Project funded by the World Bank over a period of 6 years and will be implemented in 57 districts of Uganda. These road chokes will cost a total of Ugs 32.1 billion
The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze flagged off the construction of 4 farm access roads measuring 37.6 km which will be built at a cost of Ugs 2.3 BN under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project in Kamwenge District. The roads are in Kamwenge (17.6km), Bwizi/Biguli (10km), Bwizi/Nkoma (5km) and Bihanga (5km) sub-counties.
“These road chokes are government’s intervention to ensure that our farmers are not farming for the stomach and can be able to engage in trade and boost their household incomes as we have been saying under the Parish Development Model recently rolled out by the Government,” Hon. Tumwebaze said.
The District LCV Chairman, Mr Joseph Karungi, extended his gratitude to the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries for the increased involvement of their stakeholders in the implementation of Government programs. “The Contractor who has been introduced to us, Tamsack Development Link Uganda Ltd, is managed by one of our own and we can follow up for efficiency in the construction and completion of the road works,” Mr Karungi said.