Maj Gen. David Kasura, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, has urged leaders in the Busoga sub-region to encourage farmers to engage in commercial agriculture of healthy foods in order to reduce poverty and the number of malnourished children.
While on a monitoring trip of the multi-sectoral food security and nutrition initiative in schools and communities across the sub-region, he made the plea.
The initiative, which is supported by the World Bank, began in 2015. It helps schools establish gardens of healthful foods and fruits for students to enjoy and to demonstrate.
Kasura has begun surveillance in the Bugiri district.
Syliva Nekesa, the headteacher at Buwagama Primary School, praised the program for teaching students how to grow vegetables.
Christine Muyoka, the headmaster of Bulwe Primary School, also endorsed the program, citing the program’s merits in terms of developing practical skills and environmental preservation.
After the monitoring exercise, Kasura addressed the stakeholders and requested leaders in the region to educate farmers on how to commercialize these products on a wide scale to help them combat poverty.
He underlined the importance of teachers and parents feeding these crops to their children in order to achieve the subregion’s goal of eliminating malnutrition instances.