In the former Nanumba Medium Term Development Plan for 2002 – 2005 there were a number of activities planned for the Agriculture sector. It was however, difficult to desegregate the specific activities planned for the Nanumba South District. However, after a thorough review of the plan, some activities were identified to have either been implemented or otherwise that affected the District.
The following activities were not implemented
- Enhance soil and water conservation this activity meant to control farm land/arable land degradation processes.
- AGREDS seed yam programme. To increase accessibility of seed yams for planting to increase yam production.
- Promote use of improved storage structures to ensure food security.
- Develop and promote the use of improved breeding stock of animals. The purpose is to upgrade the local less productive breeds of animals.
- Establish community woodlots to reduce the threat of desertification.
- Provision of irrigation and agriculture facilities to provide employment for farmers in the long dry season and increase the availability of fresh vegetables all year round.
- Revamping of the rice industry. There is little or no rice production in the District whereas the potential are there. Support in the form of input credit facilities to farmers could promote rice production.
- Promotion of improved animal health. That is through vaccinations.
- Introduction of fish farming. One private fish farm was established in the District.
- Develop capacities and competence of AEAs.
- Staff training should have been monthly but during the review period it was only two staff trainings per year on the average.
- Ensure the effective monitoring of extension service delivery.
- Poor logistics such as means of transport for supervisors and inadequate fuel supply and allowances reduced the monitoring performance drastically. Supervisors carried out an average of 2 monitoring visits per month instead of at least 4
- Encourage small scale Agro processing and packaging.
- Two groups have been supported to add value to cassava through gari processing. More could have been done.
- Root and Tuber Improvement Programme. The purpose was to promote the production of yam and cassava during the period. New varieties of cassava only were introduced. Nothing was done on yam which has a greater economic importance in the District.
- Reduction of mortality in poultry and small ruminant clinical cases in animals were handled on a low scale at a few locations in the District notably Wulensi and Nakpayili.
AGREDS Bee-keeping project
Only one group of farmers were trained and supplied with 3 beehives in the District. The project was meant to give farmers an alternative livelihood.
Projections for Agricultural Extension Agents
Using a standard of one extension officer to four hundred farmers (1:1,500) the demand for extension officers over the period is projected as shown in table below. The projections reveal that additional agricultural Extension Agents will be needed over the planned period. In 2006, 11 additional extension officers (agents) will be needed to meet the required number to serve the crop farmers in the district.
Projected Farm Size Per Farmer
It is envisaged that within the plan period the average farm size per farmer will increase in tandem with the projected growth rates for the agricultural sector (see table below). As shown in the table, the average farm size per farmer is expected to increase to 3. 2 hectares by 2009.
Projections for Major Food Crops and Livestock
Given the Backdrop of an increased growth rate in the agricultural sector, the out put levels of the major crops in the district are expected to respond favourably. The projected output levels for the major food crops namely Maize, Millet, Sorghum, Rice, Yam, Cassava, Groundnuts, Cowper, Soya beans and vegetables have been shown.
The projections made for livestock production have been shown in the next table. The projections made for the plan period shows increase in the population of the various livestock over that of 2005 the base year.
Refer to tables in pdf file below.