Production and Marketing Department is made up of six sectors; Crops, Livestock, entomology, Commercial, Fisheries and NAADS. The Staffing of the Department is very inadequate due to reduction of staff on creation of New Districts of Amolatar, Dokolo, Otuke and Alebtong, at the same time there has been a prolonged banned on staff recruitment pending restructuring of the Department.
The department is headed by District Production and Marketing Officer, assisted by heads of sectors. The approved structure provides for technical officers in the sectors (SMSs) in all the sectors except NAADS. However the district has not filled the positions of SMSs except in crops and livestock
At Sub County level, with the exception of Ngetta and Agali Sub Counties, all the rest have Sub County NAADS Coordinators and two Agricultural Service Providers (AASPS) for Crops and Livestocks employed on performance based renewable contracts of 3 and 2 years respectively. Besides we have frontline Extension Workers (FEW), five for crops and three for livestock in the field. The department therefore remains understaffed at Sub County level
The department has the following supportive staff at district level, Departmental Accountant, Office Attendant, departmental Secretary and a driver
NAADS has been rolled to cover all the 9 sub-counties in the district and 4 divisions of Lira Municipal Council, the District NAADS coordinator coordinates the programme at the district headquarters and the sub- county NAADS coordinators coordinate NAADS activities at the sub-counties. Under revised NAADS programme advisory services in crops and livestock disciplines are provided by contracted AASPS. Short contracts would be given to Advisory service Providers in Fish, Entomology and Forestry disciplines. Frontline extension workers continue to provide advisory services to the general farming communities, carry out regulatory services and giving technical support to the AASPS.
The present farming practices by most farmers in the district promote environmental degradation, yet all productive activities are dependent on environment. Most farming practices lead to soil degradation. Soils are unproductive hence decrease production and productivity. Soil productivity is on the decline hence decreased production and productivity.
The department will pay more attention to environmental issues to reduce hazards caused by degradation. Emphasis would be put on soil and water management practices, agro-forestry, use of energy saving stoves and all improved technologies. The District intends to install rain gages in all sub-counties and purchase soil testing equipments plus G.P.S machines.
The office accommodation comprises of 2 blocks constructed in 1930 and 1996 respectively. A laboratory was constructed in 2001. The department has a conference hall, within the office block that serves all district departments for purposes of meetings, workshops and trainings. Other organisations also use the hall for the same purposes. The offices have been bugler-proofed fenced and the laboratory fitted with lockers/ working bench fitted with tile. To ensure better maintenance and utilisation of the hall and the chairs, the department has designed a policy for utilisation of the facility. Some old door locks have been replaced with new ones and there is a plan to re-equip the conference hall. Stock of laboratory equipments for all sectors, establishment of a departmental library are all planned.
The department has 7 computers and that require routine servicing by competent firm/individual. The maintenance responsibilities lie with the head of department (District Production Coordinator). All these computers need replacement since they are more than 5 years.
Deliberate efforts are being made to ensure women and youth participate in receiving extension services and training, besides the NAADS Programme targets the youth, women and PWDs to ensure equal opportunities to participate in all activities and taking up leadership positions.
Women hardly take part in decision making on income accruing from farm produce. Their confinement at home and in the garden deprives them from attending meetings, demonstrations and other productive activities. Therefore, through gender mainstreaming, the participation of women in all productive activities can be achieved.
After being in camps for over 4 years a lot of deforestation was massively done hence insufficient wood fuel for the rural population. There is need to step up Agro forestry activities as well as training on energy serving store including use of farm waste such as straws, rice husk, etc. Rural electrification as well as use of renewable energy such as solar must be encouraged as well as biogas construction