Magyezi Monitors LEGS projects in Nakaseke District
The Local Economic Growth Support Project (LEGS), supported by the Islamic Development Bank and the Government of Uganda was launched in May, 2019, to improve livelihoods for farmers in the (10) core selected Districts of Alebtong, Katakwi, Kumi, Kibuku, Nakaseke, Gomba, Kyenjojo, Bunyangabu, Kabarole and Ntoroko, which are supported with a range of economic infrastructure. An additional seven (7) districts are receiving Rural Financing support to a range of micro, small and medium enterprises.
Among the key results, areas of LEGS Project are; No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Clean Water and sanitation, Affordable and clean energy. The Project Management Unit (PMU) is in-charge of all Project activities at the National level with support of the District Liaison Units at the Sub National Level. Each of the Liaison Units is in charge of two Districts.
Recently the Minister of Local Government inspected the LEGS projects in Nakaseke district who was accompanied by LEGS Project team and Micro- Finance support. The Micro- Finance support, finances agricultural enterprises across the entire value chain including production, processing and marketing, asset Finance Loans, Micro-lease, Group loans, Micro Grants among others.
The projects being implemented in the district include;
Milk Collection Centers: Nakaseke District has one Milk Collection Center (Buwana Milk Collection Centre) under construction. The farmers sell their milk at the centre which fosters collective barging and better price resulting in increased household income. The presence of veterinary doctors who are well equipped with milk testing machines at the centres will help to monitor the quality of milk and easily identify cattle associated diseases that will be controlled in time.
Road Network: Nakaseke has two roads that have been constructed and Rehabilitated by LEGS project. The Gayaza-Kalungu-Mityomere Road which is 27Kms in Wakyato Sub-County linking farmers to Kalagala and Kayonza cattle market while Gomero-Migani-Kagongi-Buwana Road which is 33.3Kms in Ngoma Town Council and Kinyogoga Sub-County links farmers to Ngoma and the Kinyogoga Cattle Markets and Milk Collection Centers.
The completion has led to several socio-economic development activities in the communities along the roads such as fuel stations, shops, permanent structures, milk coolers among others.
Bulking and storage facilities: The Project site in Kikwata Nakaseke T/C is doing well in coffee production with an estimate of 1,395 coffee farmers under 4,790 acreages for coffee. Whereas this area has been a good producer of coffee with the production capacity of over 14,370 metric tonnes of coffee per annum, the area did not have any processing plant for its produce.
Therefore, the construction of this processing plant, will not only add value to Uganda’s coffee and add 8,622 tonnes [143,700 [60kg bag] to the export volumes of quality coffee. Value addition will boost prices, increase farmers incomes and raise more Local National Revenue.
Construction of Kiwoko Maize mill: The construction of Kiwoko Maize mill will lead to increased house hold income and food security in Nakaseke District.
The district is committed to ensure that the LEGS programme achieves its intended objective of fast trucking the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals of No poverty, no hunger, Affordable Energy, clean water and sanitation.
He commended the district leaders for the commitment towards service delivery. He was impressed by the physical progress of the LEGS Project in Nakaseke District since its inception. Agricultural and livestock communities are to benefit largely from the LEGS Projects upon their completion.
On the same visit, the Minister launched the construction of the Fruits and Vegetable demonstration center (farm) in Nakaseke-Butalangu which will uplift the standards of agricultural activities of farmers in the district.