Agribusiness
Museveni: Commercial agriculture will transform Busoga
Publish Date: Aug 04, 2014
Museveni: Commercial agriculture will transform Busoga
President has told Busoga women to engage in commercial agriculture, citing growing of food crops like cassava as one way through
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By Prossy Nandudu

KIRUHURA - President Yoweri Museveni has asked the people in Busoga region to practice commercial agriculture so as to realize financial stability in the area.

He was addressing a delegation of NRM Women’s League from Busoga sub-region who called on him at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district.

The team was led by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and included MPs from Busoga, leaders and mobilizers.

“The commercialization of agriculture is what Busoga needs to attain financial stability,” Museveni said. “However, crops such as maize and sugarcane can yield highly only if done on a large scale.”

He went on to advise the women to adopt the seven-acre method of agriculture in order to ensure better and higher profits from their varied activities even for those who have small pieces of land.

The NRM leader cited projects such as piggery, poultry, dairy cows, pasture/fodder, fruits, colonal coffee and food crops like matooke (bananas) and cassava that can be grown together on the same piece of land.

With this move, he said, each homestead can be sure to earn at least sh50m annually.

During the meeting, Museveni told the women that the funds that had been earmarked for the National Agricultural and Advisory Services (NAADS) programme would now be used to avail farmers with breeding and planting materials.

He strongly cautioned the people of Busoga against using the issue of expansion of families to fragment their land holdings.

Such negative practice, he emphasized, will render their land wasteful thereby seriously retarding the ability of homesteads to generate meaningful income.

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