Museveni blames poverty on portioning land

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Museveni at Kiwanda's thanksgiving

President Museveni over the weekend attended the Thanksgiving ceremony for Hon Kiwanda Geoffrey Ssuubi in Mityana District where he also launched the “Kisoboka” agriculture initiative.

The initiative, the brainchild of Hon Kiwanda and Hon Judith Nabakooba, seeks to change the mindsets of farmers in Mityana to shift from subsistence to commercial agriculture and increase their household incomes.

With limitations of land, farmers must look at the most profitable undertakings to maximize land use, Museveni said.

“For example, instead of crowding local cattle on a small piece of land, one could opt for Fresian cows on zero-grazing basis.”

He added: “You also need to ask yourself which crops you can grow with high returns. That is why I emphasize the four-acre model that includes planting coffee, fruits, food, grass for cattle and rear chicken in the backyard.”

He told the residents to avoid land fragmentation because it breeds poverty.

Instead families should own shares and split proceeds from produce according to shareholding. Do not sub-divide land, he urged them.

“I thank Hon Kiwanda for this initiative and demonstrating to you that wealth creation through agriculture is possible. I congratulate him for putting the NRM wealth creation gospel into action.”

People should not claim they are waiting for government programmes in order to develop themselves. A pig will not resist to be taken to the market for sale or slaughter just because the road is not tarmacked, Museveni said.

“I gladly accept the request that I be the patron of Kisoboka SACCO and I will make a Shs50 million contribution towards its activities.”

“I notice that we have several veterans present. I thank them for their contribution towards liberating our country. Whereas I have set up offices to handle veteran affairs, I still get complaints. I will call all veterans for a retreat in Kyankwanzi to agree on the way forward.”

He congratulated NRM leaders for the recent victories in the women and local council elections.

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