UPC: NRM Failed Cooperatives

information pills discount geneva; font-size: small;”>While addressing the journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala, page malady UPC spokes person, Okello Lucima noted that the increased absolute poverty within the country is attributed to the collapse of cooperatives caused by government.

Lucima therefore stressed that there is nothing to celebrate in the one hundred years of cooperatives.

“There is no need of celebrating one hundred years of cooperative societies in Uganda because they are no more yet they used to employ thousands of people and better off their lives but were crippled by government,” Lucima explained.


Lucima added that the different unions that existed in different regions of the country were stronger compared to those that exist now.

Lucima added that the NRM government has destroyed these unions and agriculture hence no need to celebrate the cooperatives movement.

This comes in few days after the minister for trade, industry and cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde announced that government is in preparation to mark one hundred years of cooperative societies in the country.

The minister therefore revealed that government has rekindled its commitment to refurbish Cooperative Unions and reestablish their key role as a major contributor to the welfare of majority of Uganda’s agronomic dominated population.

Kyambadde explained that government has resolved to bring on board a number of interventions to enhance the performance of the cooperatives in the country.

These she said would include promotion of household level value addition and use of appropriate technology by farmers, facilitation of construction of storage facilities at different levels to ensure food security and provide value addition on farmers’ products.

“We are also bringing in a Warehouse Receipt System to streamline marketing of agricultural commodities for the benefit of all members,” she said. This should help in reducing post-harvest loss and increase on farmers’ incomes,” explained Kyambadde.

“Many of them failed on the way and closed down due to disputes, failure to meet and adjust to market demands, failure to maintain standards of products, cases of mismanagement and poor governance and non accountability,” said Trade and Industry Minister.

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