The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has called upon farmers across the country to stop selling off all their agricultural harvest but devise means of storing it as a means of fighting hunger during the dry season.
“I have on many occasions asked government to stop people from across the borders from buying agricultural produce on the Ugandan side. While in Mutukula, I saw many trucks ferrying agricultural harvests out of Uganda,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker made this call after touring JB Mixed Farm in Naminage, Kamuli on 03rd July 2017.
Kadaga added that countries like Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya finance their traders with large sums of money to buy whatever is grown in Uganda and then stock it.
“Through the interest free crop finance loans, traders from across the border end up buying everything, which has exposed the locals to hunger during the dry season”.
“Traders across the borders have gone to an extent of booking or even paying off gardens before harvest; this is unacceptable,” The Speaker said.
She urged people to invest more in agriculture since it can solve the unemployment crisis in the country and lead to a better livelihood in the villages.
She said Busoga has the potential to become a supplier of both livestock and food to the rest of the country and the world.
The Speaker tasked Bugabula South Member of Parliament, Hon. Kibalya Moris, councillors, and religious leaders to mobilize the people to store food.
While at Bugwati in Naminage, the Speaker also interacted with elderly persons and donated food items sourced from government by the area Members of Parliament.