By James Bariyo
Leaders and farmers of Mbarara have received heifers from Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).
48 vaccinated and inseminated heifers were distributed to LC leaders, district councilors, veterans, and widows in the 10 sub counties and 5 divisions out of the 17 sub counties and 6 divisions of Mbarara district on Saturday.
The LC V chairman Capt. JB Bamuturaki said the selected people that got cattle had applied for them in 2015 and were considered so that they can be model farmers in the area.
Capt. Bamuturaki said the district council passed the resolution for these people to receive inputs from government under OWC to fight poverty at household level.
“We came to your homes, recorded, verified and documented you to receive cows, now they are here, thank you for remaining patient for almost 2 years to receive these cows today,” he said.
However, Bamuturaki noted that leaders from Nyakayojo division and Bubaare Sub County were not given heifers because they are under quarantine due to the detected Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the area.
“We are aware of Foot and Mouth Disease in Nyakayojo and Bubaare that’s why they have not benefited,” he said.
Capt. Bamuturaki advised farmers to take care of the given heifers since they are the ones to benefit from the government programs.
“You should consider that these cows are yours, do not take them to be government property; these cows are not for President Museveni neither are they for the LC V Chairman; they are yours take care of them very well,” he said.
He also advised beneficiaries to always keep records of the given cows.
The OWC coordinator Mbarara district, Lt. Col. Sam Karogo Murari said the given cattle were first vaccinated to prevent FMD and are all inseminated thus ready to give birth.
Murari noted that the given heifers were procured at 33.75million shillings in season B of OWC.
He said that the next bunch of the season will be between March and May next year to benefit farmers at household level.