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VP Alupo empowers farmers with over 400 Hybrid goats in Katakwi

By Richard Onapatum

Katakwi, (UG):- The Vice President Maj.Rtd Jessica Alupo with State House on Thursday 23rd May 2024, empowered farmers in eastern Uganda’s Katakwi District with hybrid goats under the State House Poverty Alleviation Programme.

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Poverty Alleviation Programme is a government programme aimed at reducing the rate if poverty in the country by providing proper access to food, monetary help and basic essentials to the households and families living below the poverty line.

The 112 beneficiaries of Aketa Model village, Ongongoja Sub-county Usuk County in Katakwi District received 404 goats from the Poverty Alleviation Department-State House. This was 2nd batch following the 1st one of 191 goats to 49 beneficiaries on Feb 27, 2024.

The programme identifies, trains and supplies rural farmers in model parishes and equips them with goats, pigs, sheep and Saccos among others.

The goats handed to Katakwi farmers on Thursday this week

The Head of the State House Poverty Alleviation Department, Ms Joan Kakwenzire in her remarks, put clearly how H.E VP Jessica Alupo guided and welcomed the program to be implemented in Katakwi District and embraced its work which mainly focuses in occupying and doing experiments in small areas of the country, but put a big impact through giving people tangible items which help vulnerable people to get out of poverty very fast.

She also thanked Vice President Alupo for choosing and authorising her to come to Aketa Village saying she represents the government which gives authority to procure goats and other animals up to here

Ms Kakwenzire cautioned the beneficiaries not to sell any of the government products only to maintain and multiply the goats. She encouraged the people of Aketa to do pass-on exercise, “when goats produce and multiply, give to your neighbour” she said

Ms Kakwenzire speaks to Katakwi farmers

The State House aide also encouraged Teso to put much emphasis on food security since they have enough land, famine should not be part of us as it used to be taught to them in the 1970s.

She lectured to women how to do Kitchen gardens at home, in order to be able to provide nutritious food to their husbands.

Kakwenzire also introduced her technical team which will come back to train people of Aketa Model village about i.e Hygiene, Home management, body cleanliness, food security, and maintenance of Animals.

H.E. the Vice President who doubles as a woman member of Parliament for Katakwi District appreciated President Museveni for facilitating the Poverty Alleviation Programme with resources to give vulnerable households to accumulate household income and get out of poverty.

In her message delivered by RDC of Karenga District Filbert Ocailap, VP Alupo encouraged beneficiaries to embrace government programmes by supporting and protecting the inputs.

Alupo thanked H.E. and his NRM government for putting much emphasis on alleviating poverty amongst local people through such income-generation projects.

DailyExpress understands that after the Aketa Model Village and Arusiaakan Model, the Angodingond model village in Toroma County will be empowered next.

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