Landmark Millers Soroti through NGODIMIFA Cooperative under Apolot Stella Isodo Foundation (ASIF) has distributed certified maize seeds to farmers as the planting season begins amidst fears of looming hunger.
The seeds have been distributed to farmers in the Sub Counties of Mukura, Agirigiroi, Kapir, Kobwin and Ngora.
Last year, Ngora District among other districts in Teso witnessed total crop failure due to unreliable rains.
Solomon Moses Odongo the operations manager Landmark Millers Soroti during the launch of the program said farmers last year experienced crop failure following unreliable rains, which has resulted in food shortages.
He emphasized the need to plant early, saying it would help residents avoid dependency on relief food.
“The planting season is on and we don’t want our people to die of hunger a few months to come. We don’t want to see people idling in groups engaging in propaganda within trading centres. They have gardens where they can spend time working,” said MP Stella Apolot Isodo the director ASIF.
She said she will continue supporting farmers that are organized in groups, adding that she will not be disrupted by politicians from implementing her manifesto.
“There are politicians who have time to spread lies over my projects and are not doing anything to support locals but I appeal to the beneficiaries to plant the maize seeds to avert famine,” she said.
Although the maize seeds will not be sufficient for all the farmers, she said, the most vulnerable will benefit.
“Not everybody will get the maize seeds. We shall only give to those in need and in groups. They should listen to advice from agricultural officers,” she added.