The Ministry of Local Government has reaffirmed its commitment to support dairy farmers’ cooperatives in cattle-keeping districts, with the aim of improving rural households’ income and expanding the tax base for selected local governments.
As part of this support, the ministry is providing training for community-based artificial insemination technicians at parish and sub-county levels. Ben Kumumanya, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government, noted that through the Local Economic Growth Support (LEGS) project, they have already assisted dairy farmers’ cooperatives in several districts, including Kibuku, Katakwi, Kumi, Kyenjojo, Nakaseke, and Gomba.
The ministry has also equipped each of these districts with six milk collection centers, each equipped with 5,000-liter milk coolers. In addition, they have trained over 1,217 dairy farmers, enhancing their knowledge of artificial insemination and its benefits in livestock production. Artificial insemination not only mitigates the risks associated with natural breeding but also contributes to improving cattle breeds, leading to increased production.
The Ministry considers artificial insemination a crucial climate change adaptation activity, focusing on transitioning indigenous livestock breeds to more productive and resilient ones. Moreover, the ministry has worked on rehabilitating community access roads in these beneficiary districts, ensuring year-round market access.
To further bolster artificial insemination services, the ministry has sponsored 90 community-based artificial inseminators for training at the National Animal Genetics Resource Centre in Entebbe. They have also procured 90 artificial insemination toolkits, including semen straws, storage tanks for semen, and motorcycles for mobility, making the services easily accessible to the end-users through community-based technicians.
These efforts align with the objectives of the LEGS project, which is implemented with support from the Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihoods Fund. The project operates in several districts, including Alebtong, Bunyangabu, Gomba, Kabarole, Katakwi, Kibuku, Kumi, Kyenjojo, Nakaseke, and Ntoroko, focusing on addressing constraints along value chains for key enterprises.
This initiative is a part of the Ministry’s broader strategy to implement the National Policy on Local Economic Development (LED), aimed at promoting local economic growth and widening the tax base for local governments. Kumumanya emphasized the importance of cooperatives as long-term partners and ambassadors for artificial insemination services within their respective districts.