Ugandans Are Not Drinking Milk- Museveni

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Museveni said when the elites took over the 53 colonies that the imperialists had organised for ease of exploitation, they believed they had arrived and the idea of Pan-Africanism was thrown through the window.

Ugandans are not drinking enough milk despite the fact the milk production in the country has continued improving each year. According to Museveni, Uganda was producing 200 million liters in 1986 but it has now increased to 2.2 billion liters.

 
He says milk consumption was 18 liters per capita per annum but it has gone up to 60 liters per capita per annum.  He however, notes that the milk consumption is below the recommended 200 liters per person per annum by World Health Organisation. 



He argues that as a result, Ugandans drink 800 million liters of milk per year leaving a surplus of 1.4 billion liters. He says the surplus is exported to largely East African countries.

 
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He made the remarks while speaking at the East Africa Law Society Annual Conference in Entebbe where he implored lawyers from the East Africa Community to preach the gospel of the region's economic integration. 

 
It's only through East Africa and Africa's economic integration, Museveni argued that the region can prosper and secure prosperity of future generations. He noted that the region and the continent will secure prosperity through hard work not through "prayers, betting or luck." 

 
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Museveni, who came with a speech he delivered in August, at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture, Makerere University, said one of the stimuli for prosperity is a big market, which encourages the producers of goods and services to produce more and more.  

 

"By producing more and more, the entrepreneurs earn more and more money, create more jobs and expand the tax-base of the country, which helps in service delivery," he said. Museveni noted that without a big market, prosperity is not possible.  He pointed at China and India, the most populated countries in the world. 



"Each of those countries has a population of more 1.3 billion people.  They, indeed, tried to develop depending only on their huge respective internal markets.  They found that they were not developing at the required speed.  China opened up in 1978 and India in 1991.  They are now both super-powers." 

  
Museveni also urged lawyers to preach the gospel of political integration on the content. Museveni said when the elites took over the 53 colonies that the imperialists had organised for ease of exploitation, they believed they had arrived and the idea of Pan-Africanism was thrown through the window. 


 
He argued that elites hardly mention the idea of political integration which is key for Africa's prosperity and security.  "Many actors in Africa are busy with all sorts of issues, including following the performance of European football clubs, but very little time for the political integration of Africa," he said.   
 

 

About the author

Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.