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Busoga, Buganda urged to resume growing coffee

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th March 2009 03:00 AM

Buganda and Busoga regions have been urged to resume growing coffee on a large scale. Agriculture state minister Henry Bagiire said the two regions gained their glory from growing coffee, but they lost it because of laziness.

By Ali Mambule
Buganda and Busoga regions have been urged to resume growing coffee on a large scale. Agriculture state minister Henry Bagiire said the two regions gained their glory from growing coffee, but they lost it because of laziness.

“The colonialists came here and glorified Buganda because of its coffee production. Busoga also took that trend, but nowadays, things have changed,” he said.

Bagiire was on Friday addressing residents of Mayanja village, who were receiving coffee seedlings at Kakuuto MP Mathias Kasamba’s home.

He accused the youth and women of leaving coffee growing to the elderly. “The reports we get from the Uganda Coffee Development Authority indicate that coffee growing was left to the elderly men. You should all take an active role in growing coffee,” he advised.

Bagiire criticised parents, who failed to look after their families, saying the Government should punish them. “That kind of laziness should not be entertained,” he said.

Kasamba said he was working with the Rakai district National Agricultural Advisory Services secretariat to distribute improved coffee seedlings to farmers in his constituency. He said over 50,000 seedlings would be distributed.

Busoga, Buganda urged to resume growing coffee

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