–Monze livestock farmers urged to seek funding

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–The Ministry of agriculture and livestock in Monze has advised livestock farmers to seek funding support to improve their activities.

The farmers have been urged to get financial support from the small holder agribusiness promotion program funded by the international fund for agricultural development-IFAD.

Speaking during a sensitization meeting on small agribusiness promotion program (SAPP) to small holder livestock farmers in Monze , marketing and cooperatives officer Allan Chakufyali said that the program was meant to help farmers market goats, pigs, indigenous chickens and other livestock.

Mr.Chakufyali said that government through IFAD has received funding that will be given to cooperatives, clubs, groups and associations involved in small livestock development for marketing purposes in form of grants and loans.

He encouraged the women engaged in livestock farming to apply for funds through their association in order to boost their farms of goats, pigs, indigenous chickens and other breeds which had very good market and would earn them an improved income.

Mr.Chakufyali explained that this was one of the strategies government with its cooperating partners like IFAD was trying to apply in an effort to reduce poverty adding that applicants that will qualify would get between KR 50,000 to KR 250,000.

He said that initially the program was only targeting registered cooperatives until the department of marketing and cooperatives realized the need for farming clubs, groups and associations dealing in small livestock to also benefit.

And MDWA director Molly Mutenguna commended the department of marketing and cooperatives in the ministry of agriculture and livestock in Monze for providing them with such important information aimed at empowering small livestock farmers under various cooperatives, clubs, groups and associations.

Mrs.Mutenguna said during the same meeting that farmers were lacking information on SAPP and the sensitization meeting had come at the right time because they needed help with marketing their livestock products.

She said that through funding from other stakeholders such as the Non Governmental Organization Coordinating Council (NGOCC),the association had received KR 36,000 for HIV and AIDS activities and KR 72 000 for goat rearing under which 1400 individuals benefited.

Mrs.Mutenguna said that another organization called NOCAD in Monze granted MDWA with KR 23,000 for training care givers in the community.

She said that the association had planned in its three year strategic plan which would end this year to purchase hammer mill, support women in fish farming and O.V.Cs at Chipembele, Namakube and Sintemba primary Schools.