Museveni Rejects Calls To Increase Funding to Agriculture

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John Ssegujja, the Executive Director Community Development and Child Welfare Initiative, says the country cant stand without enough food supply and warned Museveni against insecurity if the sector is neglected.

President, Yoweri Museveni has rejected calls by activists and farmers to increase the funding to the agriculture sector by 10 percent in the national budget. In the 2017/18 financial year budget, government allocated the Agriculture sector Shillings 828 billion out of the Shillings 29 trillion National budget representing 3.8 per cent.




However, activists, Members of Parliament and farmers are pushing government to increase the agriculture budget on grounds that it employs majority of Ugandans. Activists also want government to implement the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security under, which African government committed themselves to allocate 10 percent of their national budge to agriculture development.
 

However, President, Museveni says such targets are unrealistic and are always pushed by self-seekers employed by Non-Government Organizations. Museveni says that government allocations to road construction, electricity and security also indirectly aid development of Agriculture sector.

 

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However, the activists and Members of Parliament have castigated the president's explanation, insisting that the money should go directly into agriculture if the country is to develop. Robert Ndugwa Migadde, the Vice chairperson of the Agriculture Committee of Parliament, says putting money in other sectors contributes less to the transformation of agriculture.

 
Migadde questioned what people will transport on the roads constructed by government if there isn't sufficient agricultural produce for sell and consumption. He says unlike other sectors, agriculture sector is a source of livelihood to many Ugandans, which justifies increased funding.


John Ssegujja, the Executive Director Community Development and Child Welfare Initiative, says the country can't stand without enough food supply and warned Museveni against insecurity if the sector is neglected.


Ssegujja advised Museveni to cut on the huge administrative expenditure and channel the funds to the agriculture sector.  Livingstone Kategeya, a farmer in Kamira Sub County in Luweero, says they want to see increased funding in agriculture so that the districtd can employ enough extension officers, support irrigation and value addition strategies among others that help to boast the sector.
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.