John Bosco Okwaja, the new principal of the National Farmers’ Leadership Centre (NFLC), has promised to mobilize farmers’ groups countrywide to tap into the rich knowledge of the centre.
Okwaja said this on February 26 during the project leadership training for parish development committees under the Establishment of Sustainable Model Villages (ESMV) phase II at Kampiringisa, Mpigi district.
“I promise to uphold the professionalism, teamwork and diligence and to ensure that the interests of the country are greater than those of individual farmers,” he said.
More than 100 farmers attended the event as Okwaja replaced Edison Hilman as principal. On the same occasion, Herbert Kiguli, the commissioner, Human Resource Management at the ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), advised the NFLC leadership to amplify its mandate of overcoming poverty through mindset transformation.
In 2016, President Museveni and his South Korea counterpart Park Geunhye launched the NFLC to transfer South Korea’s model of rural development to Uganda.
The model is based on diligence, self-help and cooperation to stimulate rural economic transformation and is also founded on mindset change training. NFLC’s mission is to empower farmers and leaders with agricultural knowledge and skills while inculcating the ideology of diligence, service, sacrifice, integrity and self-reliance for sustainable development.