PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has advised the people of Teso to resort to intensive farming, other than depending on cotton and indigenous animal rearing.
â€œI appreciate the education aspect but not cotton and cows. In this modern age, you cannot get much from themâ€, he said.
Museveni, in a statement from State House, added that: â€œTeso is heavily populated. There is need to re-design a new economy for the sub-region.â€
He was on Thursday meeting the Teso Parliamentary Group at State House, Nakasero.
Teso sub-region comprises the districts of Soroti, Kumi, Katakwi, Kaberamaido, Amuria and Bukedea.
President Museveni, who reviewed the progress of the economic and social situation in the sub-region, advised them to practise intensive farming with use of modern technologies such as pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
The President was, however, glad that some people had followed his advice on diversifying agriculture by growing citrus fruits. â€œI am glad that my Iteso listened to my advice to grow citrus fruits. There are now half a million citrus trees. The only challenge is to build a juice processing plant in the area,â€ he said.
Museveni informed them that the NRM government had six major development programmes for the sub-region and has succeeded in implementing 50% of the goals.
He cited the end to cattle rustling in Karamoja. â€œIt was not a simple matter. There were 40,000 guns in Karamoja; but the army has recovered over 26,000 guns. The resettlement is now going on in Teso because of the peace that has been restored by the UPDFâ€, the President said.
Museveni added that other big programmes include provision of water, electricity, roads and up-grading Soroti Airport.
On education, Museveni discouraged the idea of re-introducing contribution by parents on lunch at school, in monetary terms.
â€œThat was the biggest problem at first. When parents were paying school fees, very few pupils attended school,â€ he said.
â€œBut after the Government introduced free education, the number has soared. Parents should provide children with packed lunch. Food is easier for them than money.â€
Museveni advises Teso legislators on farming