President Yoweri Museveni has promised to find ways of regulating the growing youth rural urban migration as one way of ensuring sustainable food security in the country.
Museveni said that government will be focusing much on reducing the mass movement of especially youths from rural areas which deprives food production efforts of the required work force.
“Most Rural Urban Migration cases have been detected among the youths who move to cities to search for better and improved livelihoods,” he said.
“We are however, embarking on changing this trend through our various programs like the Youth Livelihood Fund and the Operation Wealth Creation among others,” He said.
This was entailed in the President’s message delivered by Hajj Kirunda Kivejinja, the Third Deputy Prime Minister during the National celebrations to mark the World Food Day, at Karengyere in Muko Sub-County, Rubanda district.
President Museveni said government will invest more in agricultural research so as to help farmers in rural areas add value to their produce.
At the event, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempija, the Minister for Agriculture said that his Ministry will spend more time in Rubanda district training farmers in good farming practices.
“One of the reasons we feel this event is important for the people of Rubanda, is that this place recently experienced heavy rains that swept away people’s gardens,” he said.
“I shall pitch camp in this district to sensitize the public about good farming practices that can lead to the prevention of massive losses in case of such disasters,” said Ssempija.
Ssempija called on farmers to embrace the use of modern granaries so as to ensure quality storage of their agricultural products.
“Part of our planned agricultural extension services is to ensure the proper storage of our products right from our homes. We strongly believe that if our farmers learn how to store their products well, they will be able to provide better quality foods in the market,” said Ssempija.
The minister further hailed the UPDF officers under the Operation Wealth Creation programme for being faithful in implementing the project.
“Since the inception of the Operation Wealth Creation programme, we have not registered cases of poor service delivery because these officers have been faithful. We shall just boost their performance by recruiting extension workers to train farmers on best practices that can help them in ensuring improved productivity,” He added.