Tea Farmers Threaten To Strike Over NAADS Money

Hundreds of tea farmers in Kigezi have threatened to strike over nonpayment of over Sh7bn by government under the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADs) program.

The farmers claim they supplied about 16 million seedlings worth Shs7.2bn to government in March last year but have never been paid.

The regional chairman for the Nursery Bed Operators’ Association Frank Byaruhanga says many farmers are now in debt after investing heavily in growing the seedlings.

However, the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has called for calm from the farmers saying government is already processing their pay.

Story By Monitor Reporter