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Intellectuals Discuss Power of Rural Electrification

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malady price http://ceris.ca/wp-includes/script-loader.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”>“In Line with Agency focus, http://crewchiefpro.com/wp-includes/class-simplepie.php we today debated opportunities for youth employment in agriculture (entire value chain). The insight we spent time on was link between the ongoing rural electrification drive and value addition engineered jobs in the rural. Do we see milling mills mushrooming? Do we see milk coolers and packaging plants emerging?,” said Rwakakamba.


“Do we see big factories supported by agriculture inputs shifting to raw material bases? Can my brother and sister in Rukungiri harness power to e.g. modernize banana juice for wider markets? Do we see entrepreneurs setting up communication centers to prop agriculture products marketing in the region? Do we see increased business support services for agriculture chain actors?”


Uganda’s power generation capacity continues to grow in leaps and bounds.


However, the demand for power continues to surge, arising from production requirements of Uganda’s fast-expanding economy.


Government has in recent years been rolling out the Rural Electrification Strategy and Plan (RESP) that will deliver power to most of the countryside with the view of narrowing the gap in living standards between Ugandans in rural areas and their urban-based compatriots.


Rwakakamba and Nuwagaba discussed whether rural electrification was working for agriculture – in practical terms.


“In some areas, signs of progress are evident. In some other areas people are still basking in electricity with no clue of what to do with it? Do we also need to look at cost of electricity in rural areas? Let’s keep talking. But lets’ also take action- with immediacy,” said the researcher, who also doubles as the Presidential Assistant.


According to official records, the target for RESP is to ensure that at least 22 percent of Uganda’s grassroots population has accesses to affordable power by 2022.


This would represent a significant improvement from the 5 percent of the rural population with access to power today.


Over-all, the on-going RESP that commenced in 2013 and runs until 2022 is integrated as an anchoring component of the broad national development agenda.


Uganda’s Vision 2040 is designed to evolve around this expanded electrification programme.


Government’s target is to wipe out usage of kerosene for lighting in rural Ugandan house-holds by 2030.

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