NEWS– The Vice President Maj .Rtd Jessica Alupo Epel with State House on Thursday 23rd May 2024, empowered farmers in Katakwi district with hybrid goats under the State House Poverty Alleviation Programme.

Poverty Alleviation Programme is a government programme aimed at reducing the rate of poverty in the country by providing proper access to food, monetary help and basic essentials to the households and families living below the poverty line.

The 112 beneficiaries of Aketa Model village, Ongongoja Sub-county Usuk County in Katakwi District received 404 goats from this department of Uganda’s State House.

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This was the 2nd batch following the 1st one of 191 goats to 49 beneficiaries on Feb 27, 2024.

The programme identifies, trains and supplies rural farmers in model parishes and equips them with goats, pigs, sheep and Saccos among others.

The Head of Department madam Joan Kakwenzire in her remarks, put it clearly how H.E VP Jessica Alupo guided and welcomed Poverty Alleviation Program to be implemented in Katakwi District and embraced its work which mainly focuses in occupying and doing experiments in small areas of the country, but put a big impact through giving people tangible items which help vulnerable ones to get out of poverty very fast. 

She also thanked Vice President Alupo for choosing and authorizing her to come to Aketa Village.

SHe noted that she represents the government which gives authority to procure goats and other animals up to designated areas.

She cautioned the beneficiaries against selling any a government product but to rather maintain and multiply them so that others can as copy from them. 

She encouraged people of Aketa to ensure multiplication of the donated goats so that others can as well benefit, “when these goats produce and multiply, give to your neighbors so that they can as well get rid of poverty” she said.

Kakwenzire also encouraged Teso to put much emphasis on food security since they have enough land stressing that famine should not be part of them as it used to be taught to them in 1970s. 

She lectured women on how to do Kitchen gardens at home, in order to be able to provide nutritious food to their husbands.

Kakwenzire also introduced her technical team which will come back to train people of Aketa Model village on Hygiene, Home management, body cleanliness, food security, and maintainance of the Animals.

H.E the Vice President who doubles a woman member of Parliament for Katakwi District appreciated H.E Museveni for facilitating Poverty Alleviation Programme with resources to give vulnerable households to accumulate household income and get out of poverty. 

In her massage delivered by RDC of Karenga District Filbert Ocailap , VP Alupo encouraged beneficiaries to embrace government programmes by supporting and protecting the inputs. 

She thanked H.E and his NRM government for putting much emphasis on alleviating poverty amongst local people through bringing income generating projects. 

“In Teso, without cow-dung or a Kraal, you are considered a poor person ” said RDC Ocailap.

Next model parishes to be empowered will include Arusiaakan in Ngariam County and Angodingond in Toroma county.