Museveni Hands 40 Tractors to Ankole Farmers, Warns Stock Farm Encroachers

President Yoweri Museveni handed out 40 tractors and their ploughs to farmers in the western cattle corridor (Photos by Joshua Nahamya)

President Yoweri Museveni on Friday handed out a total of 40 tractors to support 600 farmers in the Ankole Region.

This, visit this according agriculture minister Vincent Bamulangaki Vincent Sempijja, capsule was in fulfillment of the president’s 2014 pledge to the farmers.

The 40 tractors, website like this 40 disks ploughs, 9 disks hallows and 9 tipping trailers were procured at Shs. 3.8 billion from TAFE Companies in India.

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These were handed out by the president to 40 clusters of farmers to increase production of milk in the cattle corridor districts of Lyantonde, Mitooma, Sheema, Ibanda, Isingiro, Mbarara, Ntungamo, Kiruhuura and Sembabule.

Agriculture Minister Bamulangaki Sempijja

Agriculture Minister Bamulangaki Sempijja

The minister said the clusters showed total commitment to put to use of these tractors by contributing 20 percent of the money for their procurement.

“This is commitment unlike what I have ever seen in Uganda, he said.

Speaking at the hand over, President Museveni also hailed the farmers’ commitment to mechanization of agriculture.

 Most of the farmers intend to utilize the tractors to plant pasture for cattle. They also intend to pump water for their animals, unlike when they depended entirely on rain water and hadd to move long distances in dry seasons.

 “I have given you these tractors free of charge but you must pay something for their maintenance,” cautioned the President.

The President with Ian Walker the director of TAFE companies in India

The President with Ian Walker the director of TAFE companies in India

Museveni also revealed that more caterpillars are being procured from Japan to be used primarily for road construction. He  advised farmers to cooperate with UNRA to make optimal use of some of this equipment especially in land clearing.

Government Land

Meanwhile, Museveni warned locals occupying part of the Mbarara Stock Farm to leave immediately, noting that “government land is untouchable.”

This came after officials from NARO

which runs the Stock farm NARO, reported illegal settlers on the Stock Farm.

“I will not allow any one on that land. I know it very well, in 1959 I was here in high school and in 1979 I passed through the Stock Farm while fighting. I know its boundaries; we only got a small piece of its land for a power station and another for the university. Other than that no one else is allowed to settle there.”

Museveni touring research products at the Mbarara Stock Farm

Museveni touring research products at the Mbarara Stock Farm

NARO Deputy Director Imelda Night Kashaija told the president that out of 1300 acres of their land, one Capt. John Bashaija grabbed 31.5 hectares and 64.3 hectares are being taken by Ibrahim Sali who transferred it to Hajun Investments.

“Capt. Bashaija was warned by the President in 2010 to leave NARO land but up to now has persisted on using our land which is insufficient for research’’ she said

The president also commissioned a fruit juice at 7miles Mbarara-Kikagati road before handing over 40 tractors to farmers at Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute.


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