Anti-Corruption Unit recovers Shs.161m of 250 Farmers

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A total of Shs.161 million worth of unsupplied nursery seeds by the National Agricultural and Advisory Services (NAADS) Secretariat to 250 Nursery Seeds Operators in South Western Uganda has been recovered through the intervention of Lt. Col Edith Nakalema, Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit in State House.

The nursery seeds consignment had been earmarked for the operators in the month of November this year and was supposed to include passion fruit seedlings, grafted mangoes and paw paws, among others.

According to the Chairperson of the farmers’ association in South Western Uganda, Mr. Nuwamanya Isaac, the operators signed an agreement with NAADS in 2017 for the supply of the seedlings.

Mr. Nuwamanya told a press briefing at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala yesterday that affected farmers received their money back on 26th November this year after the intervention of Lt. Col. Nakalema.

Mr. Mwamanya said that the delay by NAADS Secretariat had affected some of their projects such as passion fruit juice manufacturing as well as the status and welfare of the operators’ SACCO.

Dr. Sam Mugasi, Executive Director NAADS, when contacted, the suppliers who had been paid failed to deliver. He, however, expressed happiness that the operators in South Western Region had received their money back.