M7 Promises Greater Bushenyi State-of-Art Banana Processing Factory
President Yoweri Museveni has strongly advised the leaders in the Greater Bushenyi area comprising the districts of Buhweju, Rubirizi, Mitooma, Sheema and Bushenyi – to tap into the expertise of the professionals in the pilot project of the Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development (PIBID).
Museveni said the leaders should allow to be guided in issues pertaining to renewing soil fertility with a view to enabling wananchi realize better and higher agricultural production.
The President directed the Minister of Information and National Guidance, Hon. Mary Busingye Karooro Okurut, to co-ordinate the exercise of convening a workshop for councilors in the 5 districts so that they are able to meet Professor Julius Zaake, one of the professionals in the PIBID project.
He said he would fund the programme of ensuring that councilors from the 5 districts were available for the workshop.
“Invite Professor Zaake to address Bushenyi district council in order to guide members on issues pertaining to the renewal and improvement of the status of your soil with a view to improving the output of the agricultural production of the people in Greater Bushenyi. There is poor pasture because people do not know the status of the soil in their area,” the President emphasized.
Museveni, therefore, appealed to the people of Greater Bushenyi area to take keen interest and understudy the prorgammes entailed in the PIBID project in order to improve banana production using modern methods of farming as well as the renewal of soil fertility which he said would go a long way in improving and making better production.
The President noted that the banana project that has been established under the PIBID is able to yield 53 tons of matooke per hectres and could be improved further to 80 tons compared to nearly 6 tons of the produce from 2.5 hectres from the wananchi.
The President was on Thursday addressing Bushenyi Municipal, PIBID members as well as other stakeholders in the PIBID project in Bushenyi district at the end of the tour of the project.
The vision of the project is the establishment of a state-of-the-art banana processing enterprises in Uganda producing value-added matooke products with competitive market strength both locally and globally, manned by rural farmers and entrepreneurs.
Museveni said he had come to show State Minister for Planning, Hon. Matia Kasaija, the efforts being expended by government on the project, said he is committed to seeing it take off because, he noted, it had been delayed unduly for a long time yet the funds to operationalize the factory are readily available.
The President commended Dr. Rev. Florence Isabirye Muranga, Director of PIBID, for remaining focused on the project despite the numerous attempts by saboteurs both within and outside the country to frustrate the project.
Karooro Okurut, thanked President Museveni for his vision of industrialization “that will be the cure for the unemployed.”
She said the PIBID factory project was not only for Bushenyi but the whole country.
Rate this article
Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
|We Buy||We Sell|
|Cash||South African Rand||280||295|