Ntungamo Farmers Embrace New Livelihoods as They Relocate from Wetlands

By Anthony Kushaba


A group of farmers in Ntungamo district recently received a significant boost to their livelihoods through the Ministry of Agriculture. In a commendable move, these farmers voluntarily vacated wetlands, and in return, they were presented with seven Friesian heifers.

Dinah Tumwebaze, the Natural Resources Officer of Ntungamo, articulated that this initiative serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it seeks to educate and raise awareness among individuals who were previously involved in the degradation of wetlands about the benefits of safeguarding these vital ecosystems. Secondly, the distribution of these heifers aims to enhance the income of local farmers while simultaneously providing a valuable source of manure.

The fortunate recipients of these seven cows belong to a group of 11 farmers residing in Kyenjojo village within Rweikiniro Sub County. Samuel Muchunguzi, the Chairperson of Ntungamo District Local Council Five, expressed his optimism about the positive impact of these heifers on the local community. He emphasized that not only will they contribute to the financial well-being of the residents, but they will also encourage active participation in wetland conservation efforts.

Muchunguzi encouraged the beneficiaries to make the most of this opportunity and ensure the well-being of the heifers entrusted to them.

Robert Niwamanya Kamuntu, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner of Ntungamo, affirmed the government's unwavering commitment to supporting residents willing to vacate wetlands in the pursuit of environmental preservation. This initiative reflects the government's dedication to striking a balance between economic development and environmental sustainability.