Leader of opposition Winnie Kiiza faults govt on failure of the OWC

Winnie Kiiza, the Leader of the Opposition has asked the government to improve on the functionality of the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) programme.

Kiiza notes that failure by the government to provide water for irrigation has made the crops supplied useless since they do not yield. She notes that because people can’t grow their own food, they are increasingly depending on government handouts.

Kiiza, who described Operation Wealth Creation as a raw deal, proposed that extension services should instead be provided under NAADS and the army concentrates on safeguarding the country.

Meanwhile, Parliament’s Agriculture committee has recommended that government puts in place a legal framework for implementing the programme.

This was after the committee in its report to parliament identified a number of hindrances including a mismatch in priorities, lack of extension services and poor conduct of staff that are preventing the full realisation of the objectives of OWC.

Operation Wealth Creation was set up in 2014 by a Presidential directive as a replacement for the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) with the objective of mobilising the masses to engage in commercial agriculture to boost household incomes. The programme is currently guided by standing orders of procedure.