“WFP is providing over 1,000 farmer groups with critical information, skills and modern tools which enable them to access the quality grain market,” Michael Dunford, WFP’s acting country representative, said yesterday in a news release.Agriculture and market support, he highlighted, are among WFP’s priorities in Uganda, complementing Government initiatives to improve grain harvest.However, inadequate storage and handling practices reduce the quality of the grain, which blocks access to formal markets, explained Mr. Dunford. “By building warehouses and establishing local storage facilities, WFP has increased grain storage capacity in Uganda by more than 25,000 metric tons and helped to stimulate trading,” he added.In infrastructure, WFP and partners have been working with farmers to upgrade storage facilities and provide modern grain processing equipment to ensure their access to markets. In addition, the UN agency trained over 16,000 farmers in 27 districts, as well as purchased 62,000 pieces of grain storage equipment for households in 2014. Farmers therefore have been selling grains at a much competitive price. Last year, for example, WFP bought over 41,000 metric tons of food at $17.5 million, from small scale farmers as well as grain traders throughout Uganda.WFP has been working with partners such as the National Agriculture Policy and objectives of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). The United States has funded more than 60 per cent of WFP’s investment in Uganda over the last six years, with critical support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Germany, Japan and the UN Peacebuilding Fund.Since 2009, WFP has invested over $32 million in infrastructure and training to assist small farmer groups in Uganda.
The two suspects wanted in connection with the robbery of the Mohabirs’ family at Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, Berbice, last Wednesday have been arrested this morning (Tuesday) and are assisting with the investigation.Businessman: Kamalodeen MohabirMcDonald Gobin, 39, a labourer of Angoy’s Avenue who was caught on the day of the incident, has since been charged and remanded to prison.INews had reported that Gobin and two other suspects reportedly broke into the house of an elderly businessman, Kamalodeen Mohabir, and relieved the man’s family of a substantial amount of cash and valuables.According to information received from Police “B” Division Commander, Lyndon Alves, the incident occurred at around 01:50hrs on the day in question, as the victim and his family were asleep.However, Kamalodeen was awakened by the noise and confronted one of the men who was engaged in a scuffle the man’s son Jimmie Mohabir.Jimmie sustained a cut across his left side face, among other injuries, but managed to raise an alarm in the neighbourhood by shouting “thief!”The bandits then immediately fled the scene using the main door of the house but the perpetrator who had been fighting with Jimmie – identified as Gobin- was subsequently detained by public spirited persons who rushed to assist the family.An inspection of the house revealed that 3 gold chains and 4 gold bangles valued at $700,000 in addition to $350,000 in cash had been stolen.Police say the bandits are known thieves in the area. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKnife bandits rob New Amsterdam family, one in custodyFebruary 7, 2018In “Crime”WBD businessman, wife stabbed multiple times in robbery, 1 in custodyJanuary 23, 2018In “Crime”Female bandit torches car of Corentyne taxi driver in robbery attackFebruary 27, 2018In “Crime” read more