The initiative targets 7,000 Mityana farmers, as a drive to help them adopt the best agricultural practices in order to increase their productivity and shift from subsistence to commercial agriculture.
PIC: Museveni touring Kisoboka projects in Mityana. (PPU photo)
MITYANA- Ugandans should desist from waiting for government development programmes before they can think of developing themselves, President Yoweri Museveni has said.
He reiterated that it was crucial for wananchi to engage in activities that increase their wealth and household income in addition to governments’ development programs.
“It is not right for people to live in poverty. Most of the families are still stuck in subsistence farming and these are the carriers of poverty. Ugandans must embrace the transformation from subsistence to commercial farming,” he said.
The President made the remarks at the launch of a new agricultural programme known as ‘Kisoboka’ – (it is possible) – in Mityana District over the weekend.
The programme, a mindset to change agricultural initiative, is the brainchild of Mityana North MP who is also the state minister for tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda with Mityana District woman MP Judith Nabakooba.
The initiative seeks to make local farmers appreciate that it is possible for them to improve their life and earn more household income through improved agriculture. It targets 7,000 Mityana farmers, as a drive to help them adopt the best agricultural practices in order to increase their productivity and shift from subsistence to commercial agriculture.
The launching of the initiative doubled as a thanksgiving ceremony in Kikandwa Sub-county in Mityana District.
The President, who toured the agricultural exhibitions showcasing different value-added agricultural products and Kiwanda’s model plantation showing the modern methods of farming, stressed the need for Ugandans to shift from subsistence to commercial farming as a means of increasing their household income.
The President congratulated Kiwanda for having put the NRM wealth creation gospel into action adding that the initiative should be taken to other constituencies and embraced by the country at large.
“Just like the parable of the sower, some seeds fell on good soil like that of Kiwanda and that is why he has brought you to see that it is possible to earn well through agriculture, “he emphasised.
Museveni accepted to be the patron of the ‘Kisoboka’ drive and pledged sh50m to the Kisoboka Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO).
He also commended the veterans at the ceremony and said that despite the fact that the Movement patriots had only 27 guns at the start of the protracted armed people’s liberation struggle, it was possible for the veterans to win the bush war and liberate the country because of their unqualified commitment.
The President promised to organise a veterans’ retreat at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi District where they would discuss the challenges affecting them with a view to getting possible solutions to those challenges.
Kiwanda Geoffrey Ssuubi, on his part, requested the President to lend them a hand in the drive to change the mindset of all other farmers in the different constituencies in Mityana District.