Amuria District locals have commended the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) for enhancing food and nutrition security in addition to devising income generating avenues in the communities.
The locals were on Thursday meeting the Minister for Teso Affairs, Hon. Dr. Celement Ongalo Obote, who was visiting the ‘Building Resilience to Enhance Food and Nutrition Security, Incomes and Health in Northern Uganda’ (BRENU) sites in Amuria.
BRENU project is part of the Bigger Government of Uganda, European Union funded Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU), spearheaded by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a not-for-profit institution that generates Agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation.
The project focuses on more than 51,250 small holder farmer households in Lango sub region and two districts of Amuria and Kapelenyong in Teso sub region with 24 new cooperatives which are being facilitated to register.
Of the 24, 5 are in Kapelebyong and 5 in Amuria.
Emmanuel Olupot, one of the beneficiaries of the BRENU project from Abarilela Sub County, said that the program has enabled them to learn new modern ways of farming, saving and proper dieting for good health.
“This organization has helped us greatly on proper harvest and post-harvest management. They have also taught our young girls on proper hygiene keeping,” he said.
BRENU, through Volunteers Effort to Development Concern (VEDCO), introduced the Village Savings and Loan Associations methodology to increase saving and credit financial services in community livelihood groups (CLGs).
Joice Mary Akiror from Apopong United farmers group that focuses on soya bean growing appreciated the organization for the agricultural good practices training and supporting them with machines that process soya beans.
“In our group, we specialize in Soya bean growing and all this was made possible through this program,” she said.
Minister for Teso affairs Hon. Celement Ongalo Obote
Kokas Erusu, secretary finance Amuria District, who was representing the District chairperson commended the BRENU project saying it has done tremendous work in supplementing government programs.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Teso affairs Hon. Ongalo-Obote, encouraged the beneficiaries to utilize the programs and stand on their own so that other people are also enrolled to benefit.
“It pleases us to come and find out that the money we supported you with has changed your life. But you should not be over dependent on these programs, after you have been supported and empowered, you live for us,” he stressed.
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