“Govt. to invoke constitution and regulate land use” – President

Wednesday 14th March 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has said that government is to invoke the Constitution to regulate the land use in Uganda.

The President made the comment yesterday during a meeting with leaders from Mengo Zone at the ongoing Zonal Conference on Poverty Eradication and Enterprise Selection at State House, Entebbe.

Mengo Zone in Central Uganda, comprises the districts of Buikwe, Butambala, Buvuma, Gomba, Kayunga, Luwero, Mpigi, Mukono, Nakaseke, Nakasongola and Wakiso.

The President pointed out that the Constitution gives government powers to plan land use and noted with great concern that land fragmentation in the country was now being carried out at an alarming rate. He strongly advised leaders from Mengo Zone in particular and Uganda in general to stop the practice.

“The purpose of these very important conferences is to rescue homesteads that have engaged in land fragmentation. Also to rescue areas in which the land has excessively been disabled by bad human settlement. We have to do what we can to see that even the fragmented areas must maximally generate adequate income in the small land holding they have by engaging in profitable enterprises”, President Museveni advised conference participants.

President Museveni, therefore, strongly urged the conference to convert wanainchi who have been spectators by engaging in subsistence farming, to turn into players of the money economy and embrace commercial agriculture. He further assured farmers in the country of government’s commitment to attract agro-processing investors to Uganda and urged fruit farmers in the country to increase their production as the market will be available.

Regarding withholding tax on agricultural products, Mr. Museveni said the government is going to look in the possibility of removing it.

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