NTUNGAMO– The Government of Uganda through National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS) has given Ugx 259,321,840 million to South Ankole Diocese, to procure a coffee huller to support them in their agriculture production and value addition agenda for their coffee project.
According to the Provincial Communications Officer Adams Sadiiki Mugume, the money 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 Headquarters at Kyamate in Ntungamo District this morning, the South Ankole Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev Nathan Ahimbisibwe reiterated his commitment to transform the Diocese through agriculture.
“The Diocese is growing steadly in agricultural 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 noted that the Diocese has in the recent past established several successful projects and commended the President of Uganda and his government for supporting their development agenda.
“We have the South Ankole Diocese Community Mission Health Centre III and Bishop Bamunoba Health Center at Kitunga Archdeaconry, a Diocesan SACCO, a Mothers’ Union Resource Centre, cattle 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.
The Diocese also established a water dam with support from Ministry of Water and Environment with the purpose for irrigation water at the Diocese which currently have 4000 fish and 3000 catfish fingerings due for harvesting.
Bishop Ahimbisibwe further said that from their hatcher project, they have so far sold 10,000 chicks worth Ugx 50 million from April 2021 to October and are now planning for the next brooding season.
The cheque was handed over by the Provincial Secretary of the Church of Uganda Rev Canon William Ongeng who called for transparency and proper accountability in the project and work hard to accumulate wealth to support the work of mission and outreach.
He said, “The Diocese in the near future will hold the economy, we must work hard to accumulate wealth so that the gospel is preached and the Diocese will have the capacity to send out missionaries to preach the gospel.” Canon Ongeng noted.
Speaking at the same function, the Provincial Treasurer Balaam Muheebwa lauded Bishop Ahimbisibwe for his passion towards household and Community transformation, a key factor that motivated the awarding team to consider South Ankole among the selected 5 pilot Dioceses for the project.
He reiterated the Archbishop’s call for transformation of livelihoods at household level especially on mindset change of congregations towards work.
According to Ms. Irene Anena the Acting Director of Household and Community Transformation in Church of Uganda, the Diocese has been taken through training and implementation guidelines.
“The Diocese has already been given a comprehensive sensitization on what the project is expected to achieve, modarities of implementation and the need to ensure transperancy and accountability while empowering households in South Ankole Diocese and other parts of the country where similar intervention is being implemented with support from the government of Uganda through NAADS.