“We stared at it wondering how it will benefit all of us. We knew it would not reproduce so that each of us takes the kids so we consulted the NAADS officials,” Ndagire said.
She said that they were advised by the NAADS officials to look for farmers who would bring their female goats for mating at Shs1,000.
“My friends left the goat with me since it was not going to benefit all of us,” Ndagire says.
She says first the goat needed special feeds, and then the goats it would mate with had to be vaccinated first. Ndagire said the goat fell sick and died. “One day the NAADS people came and took their signpost from my compound and that was the last time I saw them.”
“I have had it with this NAADS people. Everywhere I go people are saying they don’t help the poor but instead they have started their own farms. I am not going to allow this. This year is for improving household incomes,” the President told the gathering.
He directed Moses Byaruhanga, the Presidential Assistant on Political Affairs, to write down everyone’s concerns and problems. For over two hours Byaruhanga listened to demands ranging from women asking for dairy cows to men seeking mosquito nets for their families.
But one resident, Saulo Musigire, remained pessimistic. He said all government programmes had failed to understand what the people actually need.
He said that helping only farmers in Galiraya, left the majority of people, who are fishermen, in poverty.
“First, the conditions here cannot allow exotic cattle, goats or plants to survive. Secondly, the weather here is very harsh and hot; so, farming is very difficult. We cannot harvest what we expect. The poverty here is unimaginable. NAADS should be helping the fishermen because this is a fishing community,” he said.
He said that while government had introduced patrols to check illegal fishing, the law enforcement people were instead aiding it. When they confiscate illegal fishing nets, Musigire says, the officers sell the nets to other fishermen and the cycle continues.
The President promised to extend electricity to Galiraya. He visited homes of two farmers; Kizito Luwalira and Godfrey Ssonko who rear cattle and grow pineapples. He donated a milk processing plant and a juice processor.