President Yoweri Museveni, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential flag bearer, believes that Ugandans will get out of the jaws of poverty once they embrace commercial agriculture.
Continuing with his campaigns in the Ankole sub-region, Museveni said that a commercially productive Uganda also needs the regional market for her produce and thus asked Ugandans to support efforts for the integration of East African countries.
On Tuesday, Museveni met NRM leaders from Bushenyi, Rubirizi, Sheema, Mitooma and Buhweju districts at St. Kaggwa Primary School in Bushenyi whom he asked to encourage to start working not only for the “stomachs but pockets” as well.
“When I was just 14 years old, I went to Mbarara stock farm and saw how government was doing agriculture in a modern and different way. When I later went back home in Ntungamo for holidays, I told my father we needed to do things differently,” Museveni said.
“We need to fight the issue of working for only the stomachs but if people start working for both stomach and pockets, there will be alot produced. The bananas and maize will be in plenty and this would require a bigger market,” he added.
Museveni also asked the NRM leaders to emphasize the unity of not only Uganda, but also the East African Community and Africa at large as a way of providing market for local products.
“That’s why the NRM started long ago to warn you against sectarianism. Lets us work for unity of Uganda, East Africa and Africa to have a bigger market for the products we produce,” Museveni said.
Earlier, Museveni commissioned the 11.52km Kashenyi – Mitooma road and a 0.8km Katabi Seminary access road whose construction was funded by the Ugandan taxpayer.