By Mubiru Ivan

Members of Parliament sitting on the Committee of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries on Thursday raised concern over underutilized funds by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The MPs said that funds approved by Parliament and disbursed to the Ministry are not being utilized well and in time.

While meeting officials from the Ministry in charge of implementing the Regional Pastoral Livelihood Resilience Project to benefit pastoral communities in Uganda, MPs noted that nothing much had been done on the project.

“None of the MPs in the project area has any information on the project. Why is there no physical evidence on the implementation yet the project has already gone three years in,” inquired Soroti County MP Kenneth Esiangu.

The MPs also received a report from the officials led by the Assistant Commissioner Animal Production, Dr. Steven Kajura. The report was about the implementation of the project whose timeline is scheduled to end by 31 December 2019.

Dr. Kajura, who is also the project National Coordinator, assured the MPs that despite the lag in achieving the project timeline, designs and feasibility studies for three valley dams and one valley tank had been completed. He added that formal land access for construction of valley dams to increase water access to the beneficiary communities had been endorsed.