“Fertilizers, irrigation & solar water pumps to boost production” – President

Saturday 1st September 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the use of fertilizers, irrigation and solar power operated water pumps would enable Uganda to increase the volume of its agricultural production ten times.

The President made these observations during a meeting he held with a delegation of visiting German Members of Parliament who called on him yesterday at State House, Entebbe.

Citing an example of a farm which is under demonstrational research in Bushenyi district in South Western Region, where 53 tons of bananas are produced from 1 hector of land using the modern way of farming compared to 5.9 tons when traditional methods are employed, the President told the delegation that modern ways of production could be extended to the growing of a host of crops like maize.

The President suggested to his guests, who were led by legislator Jahn Andreas, that development of solar powered water pumps could be undertaken so that water sources from high altitudes like from the Rwenzori and Elgon Mountains as well as Kabale hills and also high hills in Northern Uganda, could be tapped to irrigate low-lying land areas in order to increase production of food crops. He stressed that water sources from mountains could be harnessed for both generation of electricity and irrigation.

Referring to the recent high inflation rate in the country, Mr. Museveni said it was favourable for producers to realize more financial resources from their efforts if they intensified agricultural production activities although on the other hand it affected schools, hospitals and civil servants who are largely pegged onto fixed budgets. He observed that the inflation rate that the country has had was a result of increased regional demand of Ugandan products in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African region.

He informed the German legislators that East and Central Africa is becoming one big market that requires high production to meet the huge demand adding that that this calls for use of improved seeds and breeds to cope with the ever spiraling demand.

The President called on the German government to invest in Uganda’s infrastructure development especially electricity generation, building roads and railways. He told the visitors that most of the economic development growth and activities in Uganda is spearheaded by the private sector adding that the tempo of the country’s economic development would even be higher if there was enough power generation to ensure uninterrupted production output.

The leader of the German delegation, Jahn Andreas, said the German government would avail more funds to help develop the infrastructure sector in Uganda. He told the President that his delegation had come to gauge some of the projects undertaken by Germany in Uganda and also to see how best Germany could further support Uganda in its quest for development and transformation.

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