Embrace commercial farming to banish household poverty - President

Saturday 14th June 2014

President Yoweri Museveni has urged leaders in the country to always take time and explain fully the efforts of Government in its strategy for the development of Uganda.

He said that people would be able to know and appreciate better the work undertaken by government on numerous development projects that had collapsed but have been resurrected, those that have been rehabilitated and also those which have been freshly established and built by Government.

The President made these observations at his Rwakitura country home in Kiruhuura district yesterday during a meeting that he held with a delegation of leaders from Mbarara district.

He said that leaders at all levels in the country should address issues of development in their respective areas on the basis of whether those projects had crumbled and had regained their status after government intervention to put them back in operation or they had been rehabilitated or had been newly established by government.

He stressed that it is pertinent for people to access all this information from their leaders so that wananchi are in a better position to appreciate the efforts of government in working to cause national transformation to enable people attain better life standards through embracing numerous development programmes.

The President re-emphasized the need to banish household poverty and advised that projects like coffee, fruits and matooke production as well as dairy farming, piggery and fish tending by people who live near swamps, could be successfully and profitably carried out each on an acre of land.

He called on all leaders in Mbarara district in particular and Uganda as a whole to assist people replace subsistence farming through the promotion of commercial agricultural since market opportunities are available in the country and the region.

The President and the delegation also reviewed issues and developments on roads, health, water, electricity and industries, among others, in Mbarara district.

On behalf of the delegation, Mbarara district LC5 Chairman, Mr. Tumusiime Deus Omuteganda reported that the district is doing well on the issue of roads.

He commended the NRM Government for the ongoing building of the Mbarara - Kikagati; Mbarara - Kabaale and Ishaka - Ntungamo roads. He added that Mbarara district has good passable roads.

He appealed to Government to station the new roads' unit equipment programme from national to regional level adding that water stressed sub-counties in Mbarara district be assisted to access water.

Regarding electricity, Mr. Tumusiime and his delegation commended NRM government for laying the necessary infrastructure in rural areas of the district such as Rugando, Mwizi, Bugamba, Ndaija, Biharwe, Kagongi, Rwanyamahembe and Bukiro where electricity supply is slated to be commissioned soon.

Mr. Tumusiime further said that there was need to avail a tractor per sub-county where farmers could hire its services at fair payment in order to ensure food security.

He also called for the revamping of Ruti Rehabilitation Centre in order to give a chance to people with disability to acquire life driving skills.

The delegation also stressed the need for strong legislation on Savings and Credit Co-operative Organizations (SACCOs) to ensure that the funds channeled to them are safe for the benefit of members.

Regarding establishing industries in the area, the delegation called for building a modern abattoir in Mbarara so that animals are not transported live to Kampala markets.

The delegation also said that bananas should be transported to Kampala markets in an improved form that the hitherto stuffing of trucks with a lot unnecessary baggage.

They stressed the need for the establishment of improved seeds and inputs in the district so that farmers are able to access them easily.

Mr. Tumusiime said that the whole of Mbarara district supports the Kyankwanzi Resolution to have President stand as sole candidate in the 2016 elections.

The meeting was also attended by Mbarara Municipality Mayor, Mr. Tumwiine Wilson.

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