President Museveni noted that through the recent survey conducted in Busoga region, out of the seeds distributed, 40 have dried up due to lack of watering. He advised farmers to uptake different measures such as irrigation using bottles to ensure that the seeds survive.
Museveni made the call during the 54th Independence anniversary in Luuka district.
He noted that government, under the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), has distributed 122 million coffee seedlings, 11 million fruit seedlings, and 15 million tea seedlings since the start of the programme.
Museveni noted that through the recent survey conducted in Busoga region, out of the seeds distributed 40% have dried up due to lack of watering. He advised farmers to uptake different measures such as irrigation using bottles to ensure that the seeds survive.
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He also noted that the Ministry of Agriculture has been tasked to come up with a policy of distributing tractors to farmers who have land to support their agricultural output.
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President Museveni also blamed the residents of Busoga sub-region for failing to reduce poverty in their households. He noted that in a bid to push them into being serious with agriculture, he is going to get land in the region so he can supervise them.
However, Luuka District Resident Commissioner Bewayo Nsubuga noted that most residents who get the seedlings have no land to plant them. He noted that the district has food insecurity because most land was used for sugar cane growing.
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President Museveni also made a commitment to support manufacturers in order to boost their capacity and improve the economy.
Museveni said that Uganda's economy is still lagging behind because the key players such the manufacturers have not been supported enough. He said that he is going to improve transport system and lower electricity tariffs among others.
Museveni noted that he has made talks with the contractors of the Bujagali Dam to reduce on the cost of electricity. He said that high power tariffs demotivate manufacturers and industrialists and yet these are the movers of the economy.
He added that the power costs will reduce gradually from 11 US cents to seven and subsequently reduce further to five cents.
This year's independence celebrations were held under the theme," Protecting our independence, through promotion of patriotism , unity and hard work."