FARMERS REJECT GOATS SUPPLIED BY MASINDI MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Farmers from eight groups in Masindi municipality have rejected eight goats which were procured by Masindi municipal council under the discretion programme on grounds that they are of poor quality.
Sulait Mugume; a member of Kusiima joint group, says they cannot accept the poor quality goats procured by the municipal authorities and yet they were promised exotic breeds from South Africa.
He adds that he is a senior farmer who has reared goats for many years noting that he can differentiate between an exotic breed and the local breed.
Janet Byaruhanga, from Karokarungi women’s group, explained that as women they can’t accept goats brought to them saying that they are in poor condition adding that some of them are even sick.
“We cannot take goats which are going to infect our goats with other diseases, how can you bring us such goats, Is there value for money”,Byaruhanga noted.
Ismail Harunah, the member Natural resources committee, said that they budgeted for 4 million for the goats adding that he is wondering to see such goats each costing 350,000 shillings. He added he cannot sit back and see farmers take poor quality goats yet they were bought using tax payers money.
He added that they had budgeted the money in the financial year 215/16 but the money first got lost adding that they have decided to do it hurriedly as the financial year closed yesterday.
When contacted for a comment, Proscovia Nambajja; the Municipal Production Officer explained that they were going to have meeting with the farmers and see how they would handle the matter.