President Yoweri Museveni has called upon the elite class to join him in educating Ugandans to transform from subsistence farming to commercial farming.
The president says 69 percent of Ugandan homesteads are still practicing subsistence farming, which he argues is “only after feeding the farmer without generation of income.”
He therefore urges the remaining 31 percent to support the initiative of spreading the message on how communities can use little resources available to realize the goal of the nation’s agricultural potential.
“We have a lot of resources but the problem is that as a population we lack the knowledge to use these natural resources in order to modernize ourselves and make our country to rich,” Museveni remarked.
“We cannot benefit anything from agriculture when the population is still farming for subsistence purposes. The leaders, especially the intellectuals, need to take it upon themselves to sensitize the population to do commercial profit oriented agriculture to guarantee food and income security,” he added.
Museveni made the call yesterday evening while speaking to alumni of Kitabi Seminary who were launching a monetary project dubbed Kitabi Seminary Old Boys Association Cooperative Savings and Credit Society Limited.
The event was held at Hotel Africana.
Museveni also called upon the audience to fight the “dangerous” culture of dividing land in families since continuous fragmentation of land is limiting production among individuals thus stagnating development.
The president believes if families stay together and use their land under a unit, then they can share profits and even achieve more from the activities carried out on it.
“We should also overcome the dangerous hurdle of land fragmentation. Families should work together, keep the land together and share the profits,” he recommended.
The Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese Paul Bakyenga also graced the event and he praised the president for his incomparable dedication to serve the nation, calling upon the congregation to emulate his character.