President Yoweri Museveni has said that he is impressed by most Ugandans who have shown by example, clinic the values of hard work, learning to benefit from training exposure and guidance on modern and scientific development trends that affect national and international affairs, more especially in agricultural sector.
The President, who was accompanied by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni, was speaking at the thanksgiving ceremony of Canon Jackson Bwisho at his home in Rwentanga Parish, Bubaare Sub-County in Kashaari County, Mbarara district.
Canon Jackson Bwisho was celebrating his 80th birthday. The celebrations were preceded by a Church service the gift of life at the age of 80 years and the occasion was preceded by a church service led by Bishop Emeritus of Ankole Diocese, Dr. George Tibesigwa.
“I came to know about Canon Jackson Bwisho when the country was invaded by the banana wilt about five years ago. When I consulted Kawanda Agricultural Research Station scientists about the disease, the banana wilt was dealt with more precisely especially in areas where farmers followed proper guidelines like Canon Jackson Bwisho did,” he said.
Mr. Museveni reminded people in the country that in a move to promote Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) programme, so that wananchi who have small land holdings of 4 acres are enabled to apply and benefit from modern farming methods. He further encouraged farmers to apply drip irrigation system in times of dry spell adding that in the near future, government will supply solar-powered water pumps to model farmers to pump water to gardens for irrigation purposes.
The 1st Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni commended Canon Bwisho for being exemplary in community leadership, preaching religion and supporting social economic development.
The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu revealed that the tourism records show that tourists come to Uganda because of the dividend of peace and the hospitality of the people of Uganda.
Retired Canon Jackson Bwisho first served in the Uganda Police Force during his youthful years between 1958 and 1962 and then crossed to the Church of Uganda as a clergy for 44 years. He also held numerous political positions in local government. He appealed to Ugandans to serve their country selflessly whatever their age.
After retirement, Canon Bwisho embarked on agricultural activities that are mainly characterized by banana production from 10 acres that sees him sell over 100 bunches per month. He also rears cattle.