Coffee nursery operators in Greater Nebbi have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni over non-payment of coffee seedlings supplied in the financial year 2018/2019 under the Operation Wealth Creation-OWC program, URN reports.
The coffee seedlings worth over 500 million shillings were supplied through the Uganda Coffee Development Authority UCDA and distributed to the coffee farmers in Nebbi and Zombo districts in the 2018/2019 financial year.
Their petition dated 9th May 2019, the coffee nursery operators contend that the delayed payment for the seedlings they supplied in the 2018 planting season is contrary to the terms and conditions as stipulated in the purchase order.
The purchase order gives a period of 3 months within which payment should be made to the suppliers after the end of the coffee planting season for verified seedlings delivered to the beneficiary farmers.
They say efforts to meet the UCDA in a bid to get paid have been futile as there was no clear information on the date of payment.
Most of the coffee nursery operators are demanding unpaid money of between 10 to 100 million shillings.
Business Focus has also learnt that a number of coffee nursery operators across have not been paid for seedlings supplied in the first and second rainy seasons of 2018.
This has left many reeling in debts and losses.
Ovor, the chairperson Nursery operators in Nebbi and Zombo districts says they
are disappointed with government over breach of contract.
Sam Kermundu, the West Nile regional UCDA coordinator has confirmed the development.
He says the delayed payment is attributable to irregularities in release of funds to beneficiary nursery operators.
Sam Kermundu says government is finalising the payment process of nursery operators in Northern Uganda including those from Western and other parts of the country.
The Zombo Resident District Commissioner Andrew Kajoyingi says the matter is a genuine problem adding that a number of households are finding it difficult to take care of their families due to non-payment of their money.
“We are calling for calm as you wait for your money to be paid, we also understand how this delay has affected you because I know you all rely on agribusiness for survival, please be patient”, he said.