Through the NAADS, the government of Uganda has provided UGX 259,321,840 to the South Ankole Diocese for the purchase of a coffee huller to support the diocese’s agricultural development and value addition agenda for coffee.
The South Ankole Diocese has received UGX 259,321,840 from the government of Uganda through National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS) to procure a coffee huller to support them in their agriculture production and value addition agenda for their coffee project.
This is part of the social-economic transformation project being implemented by the Church of Uganda with support from NAADS to improve the well-being of religious leaders, congregations and the Communities.
While receiving the dummy Cheque at the Diocesan Secretariat in Kyamate, Ntungamo District on Thursday, the Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev Nathan Ahimbisibwe reiterated his commitment to transforming the Diocese through agriculture.
“The Diocese is growing seriously in agriculture production which is the backbone of our nation. We are heading for value addition and establishing a learning centre for many to benchmark, and we are working hard in chasing poverty on household and national levels.” Bishop Ahimbisibwe said.
The Bishop who thanked President Museveni for being supportive to them said the Diocese in the recent past has also established several successful projects.
“We have the South Ankole Diocese Community Mission Health Centre III and Bishop Bamunoba Health Center in Kitunga Archdeaconry, a Diocesan SACCO, a Mothers’ Union Resource Centre, cows in the Diocesan farm and we are planning to establish a retreat and resource center with a beach and campsite at Lake Nyabihoko.” Bishop Ahimbisibwe said.
In addition, he cited the hatchery project, where they have so far sold 10,000 chicks worth 50M from April 2021 to October and are now planning for the next brooding season.
“In the water dam dug by Ministry of Water and Environment for irrigation water at the Diocese to conserve water for irrigation, we have 4000 fish and 3000 catfish fingerings put in and not yet harvested. This will yield extra income to our Diocese.”
Meanwhile, Rev Canon William Ongeng the Provincial Secretary of the Church of Uganda who handed over the dummy Cheque to Bishop Ahimbisibwe called for transparency and proper accountability in their projects.
“The Diocese in the near future will hold the economy. We must work hard to accumulate wealth so that the gospel is preached . The Diocese will have the capacity to send out missionaries to preach the gospel,” Ongeng noted.