By APN Reporter
Lead farmers in Ntungamo participating in the Uganda Multi-Sectoral food security and Nutrition project-UMFSNP have this afternoon received bicycles to ease their activities.
A total of 100 bicycles were given to a 100 farmers who work closely with 100 government aided primary schools across the district.
The $27.6 million to support the government’s efforts to explicitly link agriculture, nutrition, health and education through school-based demonstration gardens, nutrition education, and backyard gardens
Speaking at the handover of the bicycles to the lead farmers Ntungamo deputy resident district commissioner Isaiah Kanyamahane urged the farmers to work towards creating a difference in the feeding of children in the district.
Kanyamahane revealed that the district is struggling with Malnutrition irrespective of having enough food. He says that this cannot continue with locals resorting to a blame game.
Ntungamo district chairperson Denis Singahache revealed that it is unfortunate that the district still has a challenge of Malnutrition yet it is one of the leading food producers in the country.
Singahache revealed that there is need to address the situation in a bid to have a vibrant and productive population.
He says that poor feeding coupled with food insecurity has worsened the problem since farmers and locals have not embrace modern and proper feeding practices.
Brigadier Charles Tumwebaze the Ntungamo district operation wealth creation says that nutrition should not only focus on the children alone but also the expectant mothers saying that unborn need a lot of care.
Leonard Ahimbisibwe the Ntungamo district deputy chief administrative officer urged parents to ensure that their children get the right nutrients to enable them grow and remain healthy.
He further revealed that the bicycles given out are aimed at ensuring that the nutrition project is a success.
Esther Atwiine the Ntungamo district Agriculture officer also the project coordinator urged the farmers to put the bicycles to good use.
She revealed that once the project is a success, there is a possibility that more funds will be availed.
In Uganda, subsistence farming by smallholders currently accounts for 96% of all farm production, a quarter of total GDP, employs over two-third of workers, and earns over 40% of household income.
The primary focus of Ugandan agricultural policy has been on increasing productivity and commercialization of staple foods and cash crops to raise the income of farmers.
At the same time, stunting affects one in three children (over 2.1 million children) in Uganda— higher than its immediate neighbors, some of whom have lower per capita income.
The project now aims at increasing the production and consumption of micronutrient-rich foods including African indigenous vegetables, high iron beans, and orange-flesh sweet potatoes, and the use of community-based nutrition services in smallholder households in project areas.
The focus is on promoting short-term changes in high-impact nutrition behaviors and practices that are known to contribute to medium- and long-term reduction of stunted growth in young children