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District authorities bank on Kitovu Mobile farm school trainees to promote  modern farming

Mr Tebandeke and the Mr Rugambwa the CEO ,excited by a good performance by farm school students .

Mr Tebandeke and the Mr Rugambwa the CEO ,excited by a good performance by farm school students.

RAKAI. Mr Richard Tebandeke, the new Rakai District deputy chief administrative officer,  has tasked various  community development officers and agricultural extension workers in the district to  keep in the touch with the Kitivu Mobile Farm School trainees who are  richly skilled in modern farming  and use them  to educate fellow farmers.

He said many youths don’t   get  a chance to go to the farm school, yet they need skills to propel development in their communities and boost their household incomes.

Mr Tebandeke who was the chief guest at the graduation and handover ceremony of farm school trainees from  Lwamagwa and Byakabanda Sub- Counties October 25, was forced to suggest so, after getting overwhelmed by the skills the trainees had acquired  in sustainable modern farming and craft work, which  the trainees showcased  during the exhibition.

“I want in the first place to appeal to you, the  trainees to extend such knowledge to  your friends who have not had a chance to be trained. I therefore request the community development officers and agriculture extension workers to coordinate with these people because they have fresh ideas” Mr Tebandeke appealed

He said although government also roll out similar   programmes to develop and skill the youth, they are usually poorly managed . “But partners like Kitovu Mobile” he said, have come up to walk the talk and “I want to thank you for this great work you are doing ”

He said youth are an important human resource who shouldn’t be ignored since they comprise nearly 80 percent of Uganda’s population. “Youthful years are very challenging years and if we don’t guide the young people well, they end up getting spoiled in form of drug abuse, contracting HIV.” He added

While at the farm school, students who are usually Primary Seven   dropouts are taken through life skills and how to fight HIV/AIDS, as well as giving them counseling skills.

Ms Goreth  Nakayiwa , coordinator Kitovu Farm School was happy to note that none of their trainees contracted  HIV/Aids during  the training period .

“We enrolled them when they were negative and for all the three and four  years we have been with them, equipping them with modern farming practices,” She said

Mr Tebandeke tasked the trainees to sustain   their savings  groups , saying government can only support them when they work as a group.

“Remain united in your different groups because government doesn’t support individuals. It is good you are still in youthful stage and you are  eligible for Youth Livelihood Programme funds ,” Mr Tebandeke said, adding “We know your plans don’t contradict with those of  government  and thus we are ready to work  with you.”

A graduand recieving a reward (goat) for braving difficulties and finish up the course as well as making good use of the skills to transform his community

A graduand recieving a reward (goat) for braving difficulties and finish up the course as well as making good use of the skills to transform his community

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