Arua Launches Cassava Production Framework

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Arua district has launched cassava sub sector development framework to promote the crop as an enterprise to improve house hold incomes for families in 2014.

Arua district has launched cassava sub sector development framework to promote the crop as an enterprise to improve house hold incomes for families in 2014.
In its last council sitting to end the year 2013 on Tuesday, the Secretary for Production and Natural resources, Luiji Candini, laid on table the Arua District Cassava Sub-Sector Development Framework which will be used to make farmers take the enterprise seriously.
Among the strategies include sustainably promoting and improving the district-wide cassava Production and marketing through Public Private Partnership relationships to enhance the growth of the enterprise.
 While presenting the strategy, Candini, the production secretary said they want to encourage farmers to move away from subsistence growing of the crop to commercialization and industrial levels so as to attract better income.
He says this will also involve value addition and collective marketing by farmers and other partners so as to ensure improved food security and community livelihood. He says to enhance this they will provide high quality cassava stalks to farmers free of charge.
All the councillors welcomed the framework but said it should not only remain on papers. Hamza Manzu, the councillor representing Ogoko Sub County, says all good plans in the district have been affected because of corruption.
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He cited the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADs) as an example and said it was a good program but it was affected by politics as farmers were being selected to benefit based on which political party one belongs to.
Boniface Alioni, councillor representing Logiri Sub County, who welcomed the framework, says this should be one of the strategies to fight farmers from relying on tobacco as the only cash crop from which they can get money.
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But farmers say unless the framework is rolled out to them early, many of them will have a problem with it. Sunday Amani, a cassava farmer, says the biggest problem they have had is poor sensitization that makes it difficult for farmers to understand such concepts.


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