By Doreen Musingo
Residents of Buvuma Islands have been advised to venture into commercial agriculture so as to stop over-dependence on the fish, charcoal and timber trade.
The resident district commissioner, Apollo Bwebale, said agriculture would reduce the depletion of fish in the lake and allow the forest cover to regenerate.
Bwebale, who was addressing councillors on Friday after they approved a sh5.6b budget for the financial year, added that agriculture would also reduce poverty on the island.
â€œAccording to the forest Act of 2000, sh3,000 is charged per sack of charcoal at all exit points. If you are selling a sack at sh7,000, how will you sustain your families with the current inflation in the country?â€ Bwebale asked.
The budget that is meant to promote economic growth, job creation and service delivery, was presented by the secretary for finance, Lawrence Sserwanga, at Mirembe Hall in Kitamiro in Buvuma town council.
Sserwanga advised the local council to stop depending on central government funds and set up a tourist park as another source of revenue.