By James Bariyo
The Information Communication and Technology (ICT) section of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has introduced a new system to monitor farmers on the ground.
The system was unveiled by the national coordinator Lt. Gen. Charles Angina during a mobilization consultative meeting held on Sunday at Lake View hotel in Mbarara.
The meeting was attended by OWC coordinators, Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and LC V Chairpersons from 14 districts of Ankole and greater Kigezi.
Director of ICT, Eng. Wekesa John Wambogo said as a scientist, he thought of a new intervention of the software system to address a number of challenges faced by farmers through their coordinators on the ground.
“Personally am a professional computer scientist and when I was deployed as a director of ICT, I basically felt the best way to go was digital electronic because I knew it would deliver and improve on the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery,” said Eng. Wambogo
He added that “this information management system was basically to address issues of improved performance in terms of timeliness, getting reports from the field since the OWC intervention is cross cutting in all regions of Uganda. Having reports coming from the grass root to the headquarters was previously a problem."
He further added that "we decided to develop this information management system. Currently, our officers simply log onto the system from wherever they are in the field and then post to headquarters the data and reports they have through our system.”
Wambogo identified this new system as OWC Information Management System which is user friendly that operates as far as Karamoja. He also called all the OWC coordinators to adopt it.
”I can assure all of you that our system is robust and it will live up to its expectations, therefore I appeal to our officers to embrace the system and make sure that they report as often as possible, so that top management can use this information to improve the performance of our peasants,” he said.
The national coordinator OWC Lt. Gen. Charles Angina said the system will address challenges of double intervention and delayed call off orders by the coordinators.
“We want to emphasize and teach the aspect of information technology under the directorate of ICT, to know exactly what has been delivered and received by the group and by what quantity, so that the leaders at this level are able to make better entries and forwarding them to the headquarters such that our database can have all this information in every part of the country,” said Lt Gen. Angina
Mr. Angina further asked the Prime Minister to look into the matter of government giving peasants local breeds of cattle instead of Friesian which they fail to have sufficient ingredients to feed them.
He said 68% of farmers are poor and should be given local cattle breeds which will be a mile of direction in greater Ankole region but not Friesian cattle.
“The local breeds were our fathers’ breeds which brought them far to where we are now so the Prime Minister should look into it to adopt local cattle to peasant class farmers instead of giving them Friesians which they fail to look after,” he said
He asked farmers to get ready for the season and emphasized them to always pick inputs they requested for to avoid wastage.
“You should not receive what you don’t want, this is a tax payers’ money, don’t take what to put and rot under tree shades,” Lt Gen. Angina concluded.
Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), is an intervention that H.E. the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni launched in July 2013 to create a system that facilitates effective national socio-economic transformation with a focus on raising household incomes for poverty eradication and sustainable wealth creation.
It started with the Zones which supported the military/political liberation struggles right from 1970s up to mid-1980s. The population that supported the military/political struggles, starting with war veterans, was selected to spearhead yet another ―war—this time a war against subsistence production and poverty, with the overall goal of achieving national socio-economic transformation.