Apac District received a lot of agricultural inputs in 2016 under Open Wealth Creation (OWC) including livestock, tree seedlings and crop seeds for planting.
While addressing a Council Committee at Scouts Hall on 7th July, 2017,OWC Cordinator, Col. Okello said that the projects being undertaken in Apac District whose inputs were distributed to all the sub counties were successful. He named some of the beneficiary subcounties as Abongomola, Aduku, Aduku Town Council, Chawente, Inomo, Nambieso, Akokoro, Apac, Chegere and Ibuje.
Okello added that hybrid goats and cows were doing well and the beneficiary farmers have every reason to smile as they earn a lot from milk.
“This is being done in two phases: season ‘A’ 2016 entailing the distribution of 6 heads of dairy heifers, 6 heads of boran bull, 46,965 kgs of maize longe, 100, 000 seedlings of oranges, and 18, 264 seedling of mangoes,” He said. Whereas in season ‘B’, 2016 61 heads of dairy heifers, 13,570 kgs of beans, 29,490 kgs of maize longe, 100,000 seedlings of mangoes, 60,000 seedlings of citrus and fish fingerlings were distributed.
Okello named the major challenges that affected OWC programme as prolonged drought, insufficient and late delivery of inputs including livestock to the District farmers by relevant stakeholders.
“Worst of all, the Weather and climatic change affected the seedlings and seeds being planted, diseases and pest outbreaks like fall army warms infection in maize and other cereals and lastly, unfilled gaps in human resource in relevance to the production department, “ he said.