THE First Lady, Mrs. Janet Museveni, has decried the high level of land degradation in Ntungamo district.
â€œWhen we were growing up, Ntungamoâ€™s hills were all covered with fine grass but it is absurd now to see most of it bare,â€ Mrs. Museveni, who was born in the district, said.
â€œAs I usually say, we should be ashamed to see that God gave us such a beautiful country but we are seriously eroding it,â€ she added.
Janet was on Tuesday speaking at the commissioning of the Lemon Grass Project Rwencwera, where the plant for processing lemon grass locally known as omuteete into oil and other byproducts, is located.
The project was initiated by the Ntungamo Womenâ€™s Efforts to Save the Environment (NWESE) and it involves the growing of lemon grass and processing it.
The United Nations Development Programme and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology provided the funding for the project and helped in personnel training.
â€œSince the omuteete can grow on hills and is fire resistant, we should use this chance to grow as much of it as possible to preserve the environment,â€ Mrs. Museveni said.
She commended NWESE initiative and appealed to the people to work hard and get rid of poverty, which is the greatest disease affecting the African continent.
Janet decries land wastage