Bushenyi Rejects Cassava Cuttings

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John Bomukama, the Bushenyi District Production Secretary, says it is unfortunate that a program that aims at eradicating poverty is supplying substandard inputs.

Bushenyi district authorities have rejected 350 sacks of cassava cuttings supplied under the Operation Wealth Creation program. The cassava cuttings were dumped at Bumbaire Sub county headquarters by unidentified service provider for distribution to farmers. 

 
 
Farmers rejected the cassava cuttings, saying they had already started drying up. John Bomukama, the Bushenyi District Production Secretary, says it is unfortunate that a program that aims at eradicating poverty is supplying substandard inputs.
 
  
He wonders why OWC would waste time and money on useless planting materials. Jaffar Basajabalaba, the Bushenyi District local Council V Chairperson, says they have already instructed the supplier to withdraw cassava cuttings.

 
Eric Kigambwoha, the Coordinator Operation Wealth Creation in Bushenyi District, says the matter is being addressed to ensure that the right cassava cuttings are supplied. He asks the farmers to stay calm, saying they are taking necessary steps to ensure a similar situation doesn't arise in the future.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.