Tilenga PAPs set for support in agricultural and livestock farming

Attending the introduction of the project to leaders.

The Tilenga Project Affected Persons (PAPs) in Buliisa, Hoima and Kikuube Districts are to benefit from improved crop and livestock farming project anticipated to increase their chances to supply the oil industry and improve their standards of living.

Living Earth Uganda has been contracted by TotalEnergies EP Uganda to implement the three- year-project in the three districts.

While introducing the project to Hoima district leaders, Mr Swithen Tumwine, the Executive Director (ED) for Living Earth Uganda, said they will recruit and deploy extension workers at different levels to provide expert guidance to farmers.

He clarified that the project targets the 4,901 persons directly affected by the crude oil pipeline from the TotalEnergies managed oil block in Buliisa to the oil refinery area in Hoima district.

The ED further explained that the project will involve training of crop and livestock farmers, tree planting to mitigate climate change as well as provision of improved seeds and animal breeds to farmers.

At the function that took place at Kasingo district headquarters, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner, Mr Michael Rwakashari, expressed optimism that the project will supplement government projects already on ground to alleviate poverty.

“I am sure it will help us to meet the Parish Development Model (PDM) and Emyoga objectives in those areas. We absolutely need to work together to ensure that our people benefit from the oil developments. More sensitisaiton is key,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the District Chairman, Mr Jackson Mugenyi Mulindambura, the Kapaapi Sub-county Councillor, expressed fear that the project can potentially escalate farmer-pastoralists conflict if not introduced with care.

“In Kigorobya County, the pipeline passed through areas like Kiganja and Kapaapi that are prone to clashes between herders and farmers meaning it needs to be highly considered during implementation,” he advised.

The politician anticipated similar challenges could escalate given the population influx in the area if not given enough attention.

In response, Mr Samuel Cornelius Okok, the Site Land Coordinator from TotalEnergies EP Uganda, said they already have an influx management plan for their areas of operation adding that they were determined to cooperate with the respective local leadership to mitigate and address any issues that may arise so that communities can reap from the oil industry.

Dr Charles Kajura, the Hoima District Veterinary Officer (DVO), urged Living Earth – the project implementer, to always share data with the district leaders for the success of the project.

He welcomed the project will hope that it will help to promote local content through enhancing the farmers’ ability to meet the required quality and quantity of food needed by the oil industry.

Mr Swithen Tumwine, Executive Director Living Earth Uganda.

The project is titled: “Provision of Agricultural Services under Tilenga RAPs 2-5.”

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) says oil companies are mandated to conduct livelihood restoration activities to mitigate the side effects of their respective projects to the PAPs.

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