OTUKE – Otuke district has launched the disbursement of Shs 4.2 billion to the beneficiaries of the Parish Development Model [PDM] to enable them to engage in income generating activities.
The Otuke County Member of Parliament, Paul Omara launched the disbursement of the funds last Friday at Adwari Sub-county. The money is to benefit over 1,000 enterprise groups in the district.
Omara lauded President Yoweri Museveni for the initiative, saying it will support 39 percent of Uganda’s population to move out of poverty through commercial production, targeting enterprises such as coffee, bananas, dairy, piggery, poultry, maize, and beans among several others.
He said the money would go directly to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts, cutting off those who would swindle it.
“As a Member of Parliament representing Otuke County, I am impressed with the programme [PDM],” he said.
“I want to thank President Museveni for this amazing initiative. Enterprises selection is now in an onslaught against poverty in the country,” he added.
The resident district commissioner, Robert Adiama warned the beneficiaries against diverting the money, saying it should be channeled to the projects applied for since they will have to pay it back so that others use in the fight against poverty.
Christine Apio, a beneficiary of the programme appreciated the government, saying in five years to come she expects to migrate from small-scale farming to commercial production.
She said she applied for one million shillings to do piggery and expecting to start reaping big from piglets early next year.
Each of the 10,594 parishes in Uganda was expected to receive Shs 100 million under the PDM in the last financial year that ended on June 30, 2023.
The PDM was launched in February 2022, with government committed to allocating over a trillion shillings to the programme every financial year.
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