President Museveni has commended the Business Community of Greater Masaka for spearheading prosperity in their area, observing that Masaka rural areas are going to be transformed into a commercialized zone while industries will mushroom in towns for value addition.
“Masaka is moving well because the country side is getting commercialized in Agriculture. Masaka rural areas are going to be universally transformed into a commercial zone while the towns will be for factories, hotels and other services. This will therefore form a strong linkage between the rural areas and the urban set up and will spur prosperity, ” he said.
The President was Friday evening addressing greater Masaka business community as well as district and religious leaders who called on him at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district. He also later met members of the Masaka Taxi drivers association.
The districts of Greater Masaka comprise Masaka, Lwengo, Sembabule, Kalangala, Rakai, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Lyantonde.
President Museveni thanked the business community led by their chairperson Engineer Benon Mugarura for mobilizing wananchi to engage in income generating activities through modern commercial agriculture adding that it is in line with the governments’ program of ‘Operation Wealth Creation’ being overseen by army officers throughout the country.
“We are now speaking the same language, because in the census of 2002, only 32 percent of the population was engaged in commercial farming and the rest were just spectators who were still stuck in traditional agriculture. Subsistence farming does not augur well with today’s life. In Masaka homestead’s that were depending on subsistence farming are becoming less and less. They are now adopting commercial agriculture which is commendable,” he noted.
Responding to some of their concerns like irrigation, President Museveni said that Masaka area will require micro-irrigation that needs solar powered water pumps.
He informed them that government is working with TATA group to provide solar powered water pumps.
The President also thanked the people of Masaka for providing land that will be used by investors to open up an Industrial Estate where factories like the fruit processing plant will be built.
He also assured them of the provision of road equipment from Japan for the maintenance of their roads.