First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni urged the leaders in Ntungamo to ensure that the Parish Development Model is effectively implemented in the district.
"I... implore Local Government leaders at all levels in Ntungamo district to ensure that the PDM program is effectively implemented so that Ntungamo becomes a model district in the country." the First Lady said.
Janet Museveni was Wednesday presiding over the roll-out of the Parish Development Model sensitization meeting in Ntungamo.
"Through the PDM, the NRM government has diagnosed the problem of poverty eradication and if the program is implemented properly, it will develop all parishes and the country at large," she said.
"I, therefore, appeal to the present leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to ensure that the extension system now efficiently works.
The PDM is aimed at increasing household incomes thereby facilitating sustainable transformation. It is particularly targeting those households that are leaving in subsistence production.
It is anchored in the National Development Plan III and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Manifesto for 2021-2026.
Implementation of the PDM is through the ‘whole of Government approach’ whereby all ministries participate in providing infrastructure and social-economic services in their respective sectors through the local government structures, focusing at the parish level in a coordinated and mutually re-enforcing manner.
This is implemented under some of these pillars of the PDM:
i. Increasing production, productivity, value addition, processing, storage and marketing;
ii. Providing the necessary infrastructure and economic services such as community access roads, affordable and reliable energy, water, insurance and internet services;
iii. Enhancing social services such as education, health, environment protection, improved housing and sanitation;
iv. Financial inclusion for all through affordable parish-based financial services and a revolving fund managed at the parish;
v. Community mobilization, sensitisation and mindset change;
vi. Parish-based information management system; and
vii. Improved governance and administration.