Residents of Kabale district have expressed mixed reactions over the move by the government of Uganda to support the recruitment of extension workers in sub counties.
Residents were speaking after the budget listening session and dialogue for the financial year 2018/2019 organized by Caritas Kabale in conjunction with Pelum Uganda held at Kings Hotel in Kabale town.
A big number of the extension workers were laid off following the introduction of operation wealth creation which replaced the National Agricultural Advisory services coordinators
Jasper Mushabe a worker with Promic Uganda revealed that the recruitment of extension workers will go a long way in supporting and helping farmers to improve their production.
Boaz Kakuru a senior economist with Kabale district revealed that thought there is a slight increment in the funding for the agriculture sector, there is need for sensitization of the farmers to put to good use extension services.
Bruno Biryomumaisho Mugisha the officer in charge of Agriculture programs at Caritas Kabale says that the move by the government to focus on commercialization of the Agricultural sector is vital but more money must be allocated to the sector so as to increase production.
He says that the allocations are not pro poor since the irrigation technologies focused on are expensive and can only favor the rich commercial farmers thus not addressing the challenge of food security.
James Tinka works with the hunger project. He says that the increment is very small and may not impact seriously of the performance of the Agriculture sector.
Samuel Kahungu a nutritionist with Kabale Women in Development-KWID revealed that the government must not only focus on slight increments in the budget but instead take a deliberate move to extend more funds to the Agriculture sector.
Donat Rwaributware the Rubanda district production and marketing officer revealed that allocating more support to the extension services will help farmers with technical knowledge.