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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries, Maj. Gen. David Kasura Kyomukama, issued a warning to extension workers in Rukungiri against the misuse of motorcycles provided to them for improving service delivery. He officially handed over three motorcycles to Rukungiri district officials to support the production department, aiming to facilitate extension workers in reaching farmers in rural areas.

During the handover, Maj. Kasura emphasized the importance of using the motorcycles solely for service delivery and cautioned against personal use, such as engaging in boda boda services. He encouraged the extension staff to focus on training farmers in best agricultural practices to enhance crop and animal production. Maj. Kasura expressed readiness to collaborate with the district to promote agriculture, including the use of tractors.

The decision to procure these motorcycles stemmed from complaints by extension staff across different districts facing challenges in reaching farmers due to a lack of transport. Maj. Kasura highlighted that 60% of Ugandans rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, underscoring the need to motivate and educate farmers to boost production.

Geofrey Kyomukama, the Rukungiri district chairperson, expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal, and Fisheries for providing transport means to extension workers in the production department. Michael Byarugaba, the Rukungiri district secretary for production, emphasized the importance of proper use of government vehicles and motorcycles for their intended purpose.

Pius Oneck, the acting district production officer of Rukungiri, revealed that the production department decided to distribute the three motorcycles to three sub-counties—Buyanja, Nyarushanje, and Bugangari—for monitoring and reaching out to farmers. The handover ceremony, attended by Rukungiri RDC Steven Nsubunga Bewayo and other district officials, concluded with expressions of gratitude to Maj. Kasura for consistently considering Rukungiri district in ministry initiatives.


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