President Yoweri Museveni has expressed appreciation of the social economic progresses cropping up his home district of Kiruhura.
The President who over the past years castigated the residents in the semi-arid corridor, for concentrating on less productive indigenous cattle farming, said this time he was getting impressed.
The remarks were entailed his new year’s address he made this country home in Rwakitura this afternoon.
Museveni noted that while he flew over the area heading for Christmas, he noticed a number of remarkable developments on the resident’s cattle farms as well as crop production.
“As I flew over Kiruhuura around the lakes Kakyeera, Mburo and River Rwizi, I noticed that in addition to rain forests and well weeded, farms, famers have planted large quantities of what appeared to be maize as well as perches of banana. I also noticed Impressive herds of improved goats that would stampede at the sound of the helicopter,” he said.
“In the good looking farms you’d spot herds of the less panicky Friesian cattle that would look on curiously at the speeding helicopter, scamper a little bit, and then go back to grazing.”
The president noted that though at a slow pace, many other parts of the country had heeded to his advice commercialization of agriculture.
“In the Teso and Busoga areas, about ten percent of our people have listened to our advice to embrace citrus fruit growing. It’s noticeable now that there’s some serious citrus growing. There’s therefore some level of okusiimuka there [Rising up].
In other areas like Fort portal as well, he noted that folks were doing well in planting both maize and tea, and observed that though tea prices were currently down due to uprisings in the Arab world, the situation would come to normalcy again.
Cautioning against fragmentation of land, Museveni further advised all Ugandans to make use of the UPDF officers that have been deployed to manage the agricultural development program.
Mr Museveni however observed that agriculture alone would not transform the nation without industrialization.