National Agricultural Advisory Services [NAADS]
NAADS is a Government intervention program that envisions an increase in farmers’ access to information, knowledge and technology for profitable agricultural production. The move is intended to boost productivity of agricultural produce in the middle of declining soil fertility, weather fluctuations and increasing disease incident. The NAADS Co-coordinator, Peter Cheli informed our data team that 5000 farmers have been supported both in food security and market oriented cases. Farmer group were formed and are to be supported this year. In his assessment of the program, Farmer Empowerment has been achieved as the local farmers can decide the type of enterprise to adopt. Counterfeit products can also be distinguished from original ones which initially wasn’t the case.Infact some suppliers are buying produce from the NAADS beneficiaries a practice that has greatly improved the standard of living of the local Amuria people.
Program Implementation 2010/2011
NAADS phase 2 started implementation in July 2010 and its implemented under the ATAAS arrangement (Agricultural Technology and Agri- Business Advisory Services) the ATAAS is being implemented under 5 components namely;
- Enhancing partnership between Agricultural Research Advisory Services and other stakeholders
- Strengthening the National Agricultural Advisory Services
- Technology up take /developing Agricultural Technology and strengthening the National Agricultural Research Systems Agricultural Research Systems
- Supporting Agri-business Services and Market linkages
- Programme management
Implementation at District and Sub counties
Amuria district is composed of 10 sub counties that are all implementing the program..
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Summary of Achievements 2010/2011
- Sensitization and dissemination of guidelines was carried out at the district and rolled over to the sub counties up to the village levels
- Formation of village farmer forum carried out in the villages of the LC1s to include all house holds at the villages
- Farmer groups both old and new formed at the villages to benefit from the NAADS support
- Enterprise selection for food security and market oriented farmers carried out in all the sub counties
- Recruitment of sub county NAADS coordinators and Advisory Services Providers carried out for both crop and live stock
- Training of village and parish procurement committees was carried out in all the sub counties.
- Procurement and distribution of food security and Market oriented inputs carried in all the sub counties to farmers.
- Contracting of firms to carry out FID and building capacity of HLFOs carried out in the fourth Quarter.
- Capacity building training for the Agricultural Advisory Services Providers and the sub county NAADS coordinators was conducted.
- Semi annual and annual review meetings were held both at the district and all the sub counties.
- Monitoring of the programmcarried out by both the District and sub counties .carried out by both the District and sub counties .
- Farmer Fora meetings were held by the district farmer forum 2 meetings and sub county farmer Forums
- Study tour for the farmers to then agricultural show in Jinja by the district farmer forum was organized and ten members of the farmer forum travel to attend
Implementation in the financial year 2011/2012
Amuria district is now composed of sixteen sub counties which are all implementing the programme
During the last two quarter the sub counties planned and conducted election of sub county farmer Forum to replace the old farmer forum whose term of office expired. The district farmer forum was also constituted after the conclusion of the exercise in the sub counties. The district chair person the district Famer forum is now composed of sixteen members One Female and 15 male.
Two members were also during the same meeting elected to the national farmer forum.
Sensitization of the stakeholders at the sub counties was conducted and will continue to be carried out in all the sub counties
Enterprise selection is being implemented together with the sensitization exercises. However the farmers have been empowered to select the enterprise of their choice with the guidance of the technical persons. This financial year, ground nuts have remained as the major crop selected by the food security farmers in all the sub counties followed by beans in some sub counties indigenous goats have been preferred too. For the market oriented farmers improved goats, citrus and cattle have been selected. Some farmers have selected apiary and wish to be supported with langstrouth bee hives.
Selection of beneficiaries for this financial year has been completed in all the sub counties for both market oriented and food security.
Procurement committees have been selected and training is ongoing in all the sub counties.
Procurement and distribution is starting as soon as all the procurement committees are trained.
Enterprises selected by farmers for suport
The program has continued to support the farmers with the enterprises they select that are viable. last financial year the program supported the farmers with ground nut as a major crop as indicated in the pie chart above the same trend of selection has been repeated this year in all the sub counties. The sub county farmer forum with the technical staff have already started the process of recovery of the groundnuts. Information so far received indicate that the ground nuts did quite well with average output/ harvest of about 6 bags of ground nuts per beneficiary out of the one bag benefited. In the other enterprises recovery has not started especially in the livestock enterprises because the animals have not yet reproduced.
Farmer Institutional Development (FID)
This year this activity is being implemented by the community development officers attached at the sub counties. A number of sensitization meetings and trainings have been held at the sub counties by the CDO's.
The commercial officer has already carried out the inventory of existing farmer groups for which, registration in to higher level farmer organization has began. so far the number of higher level organization is nine.
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