President Museveni was in Bushenyi District over the weekend where he presided over the graduation of 756 girls trained in various vocational courses, under the tutelage of the Woman MP and Minister for General Duties in Prime Minister’s Office, Hon Karooro Okurut.
He commended Hon Karooro for the initiative and for bringing trainers from Kampala to help the girls get various skills.
The president said his guidance is that the skills should look at critical service provision and import substitution.
“If you look at yourselves right now, do you ask where those clothes you are dressed in come from? Most come from outside Uganda. That means you are offering money and jobs to people outside Uganda.”
On import substitution, Bushenyi for example, is rich in hides and skins, the president noted.
“Once we acquire skills like leather tanning, we shall be able to save $54 million that we spend annually on importation of leather products.”
He also toured Swazi Highland Tea Company Limited in Kisingo village, Kyamuhunga Sub-county owned by Africano Bakahwenkyi.
The factory produces 50,000kgs of tea daily and employs about 350 staff.
He then commissioned Global Village Tea of Hassan Bassajabala.
The factory employs 620 workers and produces 20,000kgs of tea per day in a peak season. 60% of the production is got from the out growers while 40% is from the factory’s tea estate.
He thanked Bakahwenkyi and Bassajabala for understanding and implementing the gospel of wealth creation.
“Tea production has gone up. From one factory, you can now get the total tonnage of the amount of tea Uganda used to produce when the NRM had just come into power.”
Museveni later visited Bushenyi Demonstration Farm in Mazinga village.
Edmond Bashasha, the farm manager, said the facility has been used to teach the youth how to implement the four-acre model of farming and also provided inputs such as seedlings, poultry and cattle.
He donated a truck to the farm to help the youth transport their produce such as eggs to the various markets including the Democratic Republic of Congo.