Deputy Speaker, Anita Among directed the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) to present a report on the status of the payment of the Agro-Input dealers within two weeks.
The directive follows a petition presented by Maruzi County MP, Hon Maxwell Akora on behalf of the Agro-Input dealers during the Plenary sitting on 3rd March 2022 who supplied agro-inputs to farmers worth Shs21 billion.
Akora informed the House that up to Agro-Input 110 dealers working under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project were to supply inputs including maize, beans, cassava, rice and coffee to over 10 districts.
He said that in order to facilitate the implementation of the project, the accredited dealers were to supply the specified agro-input products through the e-voucher scheme (digitized) that is managed by an e-voucher management agency.
He, however, said that the project is facing challenges resulting from the shutdown of the e-voucher system since December 2021. He said that as a result of this challenge many farmers have not been able to receive payments for their supplies.
He added that told the farmers that the farmers were stuck with stock worth Shs16.9 billion imported specifically for the project.
He appealed to the Government through MAAIF to deal take action by addressing the concerns raised since most of the farmers had through bank loans on the understanding that MAAIF would be making instant payments for every transaction.
He noted that as a result, the dealers have been affected given that the funds to support the project were predominantly acquired through bank loans on the understanding that MAAIF would be making instant payments for every transaction.
The Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) is a partnership project of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and the World Bank, financed by the International Development Assistance (IDA) of the World Bank. The Project was declared effective on January 23, 2017.
The project objective is to raise on-farm production, productivity, and marketable volumes of Beans, Cassava, Coffee, Maize and Rice in 12 geographical clusters across 57 districts.
The project is composed of four components namely: Support for Intensification of On-Farm Production, Value Addition and Market Access, Policy, Regulatory and Institutional Support and Coordination and Management, and ICT Platform.