VIDEO: Museveni Assures Farmers on Solar Irrigation

President Museveni has said government is ready to provide the expensive solar irrigation equipment to farmers around the country in a bid to facilitate them in agriculture.

Speaking to residents at Kandago village, remedy Bukinda subcounty in Kabale District on Saturday afternoon, Museveni said farmers ought to adopt new farming methods, other than the ancient ones in order to improve on their wealth.

“Wealth starts from homes and expands to the villages and people can become wealthy through agriculture. This however needs people who are calculative while carrying out farming,”Museveni said on Saturday.

“This new method of solar powered irrigation can help farmers do agriculture even in drought. They can use solar powered machines to pump water used for irrigation and farmers will not complain of the drought.”

Museveni moves around the garden.
Museveni moves around the garden.

He said that in the past, there was irrigation of using water from highlands to low lands but said this time round, people can use solar generators to pump water from low lands to high lands and their crops can survive.

Museveni said that this pilot project has kicked off in 12 areas around the country stressing that government is ready to invest money to see it succeeds and helps farmers.

“Farmers like me can afford to buy the solar machines at Shs 60 million but many other people in villages can’t afford. Government will provide them throughout the country because one pump can be enough to support a village.”

He however cautioned farmers against carrying out agriculture in swamps which he said are crucial in modifying the climate.

Rutaro earns Shs43 million a year from his garden
Rutaro earns Shs43 million a year from his garden

Museveni took time to visit a 2 acre garden owned by Charles Rutaro, a secondary school teacher on whose garden the solar irrigation system is being piloted.

Rutaro told the president that using solar irrigation, he is able to grow tomatoes, apples, fish, cabbages, tree tomatoes and passion fruits and earns Shs43 million a year.

The secondary teacher with 30 years’ experience told Museveni that he is able to pay over Shs18 million in school fees for his 7 children at university, all courtesy of proceeds from the 2 acre farm .

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