By our reporter
A total of 220 residents in Kabale and Rukiga districts on Thursday received bicycles under the World Bank funded multi-sectoral food security and nutrition project to facilitate their movements in enhancing nutrition programmes in primary schools.
The beneficiaries include 20 community facilitators, 100 Village Health Teams and 100 lead farmers and each bicycle was bought at Ugx.230, 000.
Handing over the bicycles to the beneficiaries during a function held at Kigezi Private Sector Promotion Centre Ltd in Kabale municipality, the Kabale district Chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa asked the beneficiaries to use the bicycles in the execution of their planned duties.
“Please use these bicycles to move to schools monitoring the nutrition programme and solve transportation challenges there in. Do not sell these bicycles or you risk being arrested,” said Keihwa.
He added that the district will be making a report at the end of every month to assess whether the program is progressing.
The Kabale District Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Anselm Kyaligonza asked beneficiaries to desist from misusing the bicycles for their own selfish interests. Kyaligonza explained that many
pupils in primary schools in the districts of Kabale and Rukiga are malnourished due poor feeding in their homes.
He however urged the beneficiaries to use the bicycles to spread the gospel of fighting malnutrition in their schools and respective homes.
The Kabale and Rukiga district multi sectoral food security and nutrition project focal person Jenifer Tumwebaze hailed World Bank and the Government for the support towards fighting malnutrition among pupils in schools across the country.
She said that the objective of the project is to address the problem of malnutrition in school-going children and women of child-bearing age and the beneficiaries should not take it as a joke.
The six-year project worth 10 Billion shillings is funded by the Global Agriculture and Food Security under the supervision of the World Bank and it is being implemented in 15 districts by the
ministries of Agriculture, Health and Education. It involves setting up school gardens in primary schools across the district growing African indigenous foods, vegetables, peas, pumpkins, among others.