Government has accused Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) of causing problems in the agriculture sector since they roll out projects without consulting relevant sectors.
District Agriculture Development Officer (DADO) for Chiradzulu Sheila Kang’ombe said some NGOs do not follow government policies when implementing development projects.
Kang’ombe made the remarks in reaction to Save the Children’s report presented to District Executive Committee (DEC) in Chiradzulu which indicated that lead farmers trained by the organization managed more than one agriculture technology.
“This is a total deviation from what government policy stipulates. Agriculture policy clearly stipulates that one lead farmer should be responsible for one farm technology. Lead farmers are volunteers and if they are given more work they might not discharge their [voluntary] work as expected,” said Kang’ombe.
She said the plates of volunteers are already full with personal matters as such giving them more work can compromise project impact.
In his remarks, director of planning and development for the council Christopher Nawata urged NGOs operating in the district to share their work plans with the council and relevant sectors to avoid conflicts.
He said: “Communities can be served better if we all move on an equal footing in implementing government development policies.”