Local leaders and residents of Ihandiro sub-county in Kasese district have initiated a project to revamp massive coffee production in the area.
â€œUnder this initiative, we have given out 900,000 coffee seedlings to 2,728 households,â€ the sub-county chief, Josephat Muthahunga, said.
He was presenting the sub-county performance report for the last six months of the 2009/2010 financial year at a budget conference held at the sub-county headquarters on December 18.
He described the sub-county as the poorest in Bukonzo West constituency, saying during the 2008/2009 financial year, only sh2.7m had been raised in local revenue.
The area has been depending on disbursements from the Government and donations from non-governmental organisations, he said.
â€œAccording to the available records, no official from the district headquarters, except the road engineer, had set foot in this sub-county during the 10 years of its existenceâ€ Muthahunga told the conference.
The conference, sponsored by Karambi Action for Life Improvement, an NGO, was attended by parish leaders, opinion leaders and several guests, giving advice in various fields concerning development of the sub-county.
Muthahunga said for the 2010/2011 financial year, the sub-county was budgeting for sh160m of which sh96m would be from the National Agricultural Advisory Services, sh3m from local revenue and the rest from donor funds.
However, the officer in-charge of health, Kesi Bwambale, said in spite of the hardships, the sub-county boasts of 94% latrine coverage.
He said 58% of the people in the sub-county have access to clean water and that immunisation in the area was at 69%, but with only three medical staff.
Coffee production to be revamped