FARMERS who sell off inputs supplied under the National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAADS) Programme will be arrested, the Kibaale district chairperson, George Namyaka, has said.
Namyaka said it was embarrassing for the Government to spend a lot of money procuring inputs for farmers to improve their livelihoods, who end up selling them.
â€œGovernment has for the last eight years been sending money to the district but farmers are frustrating its intentions,â€ he said.
Namyaka directed the production department to coordinate with the Police to arrest farmers whose inputs were found missing.
He was speaking at a function to mark the World Food Day for Kibaale district at Nyamarunda Primary School in Mugarama sub-county, on Friday.
Namyaka said as a district they would not accept saboteurs of government programmes.
â€œSome of you farmers take these inputs to fail this programme for your selfish interests,â€ he said.
Namyaka was reacting to findings of the recent district technical planning committee that most of the supplies and inputs given to farmers had been sold off without the knowledge of the NAADS office.
The district technical planning committee meeting held recently resolved that all farmers who benefited from the programme pay back the 70% as stipulated in the guidelines.
The district planner, George Tusabomu, said the payment modalities had been set and awaiting implementation.
Kibaale district was among the first six districts in the country where the NAADS programme was implemented.
Speaking at the same function, the national chairman of the NAADS board, Dr. M. Musheshe, warned civil servants, saying whoever will be netted in NAADS scandal would serve as an example to others.
He said there would not be further suspensions of the NAADS funding because they were dealing with the culprits.
Farmers to be arrested over NAADs inputs