ask http://cthp.org/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/category.php geneva;”>The couple is expected to stay at Rwakitura till the New Year’s Eve, and according to State House officials.
This is one of the four holidays in a year which Museveni spends at his upcountry homes he usually refers to as “my bases.”
The other two base are in Kisozi (Mpigi) and Irenga, Ruhaama (Ntungamo).
The couple left for the holiday over the weekend.
While at Rwakitura, Museveni will meet delegations from several areas of the country especially Ankole.
During the festive season, Museveni meets elders, at times personally driving to their homes especially in Kiruhuura, Ibanda, Kazo, Kamwenge, Kashari and Mbarara.
Museveni will as well inspect his ranch, tree planting scheme and NAADS programmes at Rwakitura.
The President takes this opportunity to re-unite with his local supporters and listen to their greivances. However, in special cases, Museveni will always briefly leave Rwakitura for Kampala.
In a related development, Museveni yesterday received a visiting delegation from Muremba district, in Bukoba Kagera Region, Tanzania that called on them at their country home in Rwakitura Kiruhuura district.
The delegation that was led by the Tanzania Minister of Land and Environment, Professor Anne Tibaijuka and accompanied by the Regional Commissioner of Kagera, Mr. Kanali Mstaafu Fabian Masawe, was on a two day visit in the country to see for themselves how rural economy is organized.
They visited Kisozi Farm on December 19 and yesterday visited a banana farmer in Mbarara district and later proceeded to Kiruhuura district where they visited prominent dairy farmers in the area, Mrs. Esiteri Magaga and Canon Katamunanwire.
The delegation that was accompanied by President Museveni was told by the farmers their story of how they abandoned traditional nomadic farming in favor of modern commercial dairy farming.
LUCRATIVE MILK PRODUCTS
Esiteri Magaga informed the visiting delegation that it was through religious influence and President Musveneni’s insistence that they adopted modern dairy farming which has now paid off. She said she sells 300 litres of milk daily that earn her Shs30 million in a year.
Canon Katamunanwire, on his part, praised Museveni for opening the eyes of the people of the area who are now better than salaried workers in urban areas like Kampala because of modern commercial farming.
He told his guests that he sells 500 litres of milk daily and earns Shs50 million annually.
Museveni also took his guests to Rushere Sameer Primary Milk Collection Centre where they were informed that the Centre collects over 400 litres of milk daily which is transported to the main factory in Kampala for processing.
Addressing his guests later in the evening at his home in Rwakitura, Museveni told them of the history of the farming revolution in Kiruhuura district. He said the campaign started way back in the 1960s when he was still a youth.
He said the cattle keepers were nomadic and their nomadism was purely scientific, a phenomenon the government of the day didn’t comprehend.
He told them that the movement of the cattle keepers was based on three reasons that include trying to stem tick bone diseases, lack of water and the problem of pasture.
Museveni told them that the campaign that was started in the 60s’paid off when farmers eventually accepted to remain in one place and use modern technology of eradicating ticks and excavate dams for watering their animals.
He further said though there was an interruption from 1971 when Amin took over power until 1986 when the NRM liberated the country, farmers who had braved the dictatorial regimes continued with the few Freisian cows they had and the indigenous cattle giving rise to the increased number of cows in the region.
Museveni further said the crucial questions farmers needed to think over that politicians up to now, have failed to assist farmers with.
He enumerated them as what is the average home expenditure per annum, what assets like land holding, does a family have, how can the assets be used to generate income equal or above the annual income and how can the government assist? He said that without any answer to those questions, poverty will never be eradicated.
The visiting Tanzanian Minister of Lands and Environment, Professor Anna Tibaijuka, praised Museveni for his sacrifice to liberate the country from the dictatorial regimes; helping Ugandans to fight poverty and for hosting them in the two days they were in the country to see for themselves how citizens can effectively eradicate poverty in their homes.
She asked members of her delegation to spread the gospel of modern commercial farming imparted to them by Museveni and also what they saw and learnt to people back home in Tanzania.