KIRYANDONGO: PDM beneficiaries urged to stick to investment plans

Edith Aliguma, the Kiryandongo District Lc5 Chairperson addressing the the gathering during PDM phase II planning meeting on Monday at the District headquarters

Kriyandongo, (UG): Beneficiaries of the Parish Development Model (PDM) programme in Kiryandongo have been urged to stick to the appraised enterprises to meet the government objective.

This call was made by Mr Issa Hassan Byenkya the District Production and Marketing Officer (DPMO) during the planning meeting for phase II on Monday at the District headquarters.

Mr Byenkya explained that the PDM money is meant to be invested in the agricultural value chain by the active poor. “Any investment outside the agricultural value chain is illegal. The problem is beneficiaries tend to divert from their investment plans after receiving money. Let’s guide them so as we meet the government target.”

Alex Owor, the chairperson of Kakwoko PDM SACCO informed the meeting that his committee resolved to guide and link the PDM beneficiaries to certified agro-input dealers which enabled their members to boost their production.

“We as a SACCO decided to guide and link the beneficiaries to quality agro-inputs. Those who followed our advice reaped big and those who defied reaped less,” Mr Owor said.

Martin Jacan Gwokto, the CAO Kiryandongo urged the SACCO chairpersons to encourage beneficiaries to seek technical advice from extension workers.

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Gwotko further called for teamwork among SACCO leaders and the technical staff to ensure PDM enterprises succeed saying; “PDM is a flagship program of government and we must deliver it to uplift the poor and contribute to socio-socio-economic transformation.”

“Government has recruited extension workers to guide farmers, let the beneficiaries make use of them,” he emphasized.

Ms Edith Aliguma Adyeri the District chairman commended the technical staff together with PDM SACCO leaders for their tireless efforts during phase one implementation which enabled the District to disburse all the funds to the beneficiaries.

SHe appealed to the SACCO Chairpersons to always seek the right information about PDM so as they sensitize the beneficiaries.

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Kiryandongo is one of the best PDM-implementing districts in Uganda and has been identified as a regional centre for demonstrating best practices.

The DPMO Byenkya attributed the success of PDM Phase One to good political leadership which provided a conducive environment to the technical staff.

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