"De-campaign land fragmentation'' President tells Mubende leaders

Friday 16th March 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated his call to the leadership of Mubende Zone in particular and the country as a whole to be vigilant and de-campaign land fragmentation practices in their areas that, he noted, if not checked, can lead to catastrophic consequences for society.

The President, who is currently conducting zonal conferences country wide at State House, Entebbe, was yesterday interfacing with leaders from Mubende Zone in Central Uganda on ways to liberate societies from household poverty through appropriate land use and profitable enterprise selection.

The districts of Greater Mubende zone include Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Mityana and Mubende.

President Museveni was glad to note that the exercise that Mubende leaders had concluded in their day-long conference at State House, had given them hope because the people in their area will now maximally utilize the small land holdings they have to engage in profitable enterprises that will not only improve their household income but also ensure food security. He said increased production will also lead to increased volume of exports, provide raw materials to factories, create and broaden employment opportunities to the youth and increase the tax base.

Mr. Museveni further advised the Mubende leadership to follow and really appreciate Professor Zake’s counsel on soil fertility.

"If you apply Professor Zake’s advice of soil use, you will get more money. Even coffee and other crops, if they get enough nutrients, the yield will be impressive and you will earn more money", he advised.

President Museveni informed farmers in the country of the government’s plan to harmonize the National Agricultural and Advisory Services (NAADS) and extension workers’ services. He noted that extension workers had become what he termed "botanists" instead of advising farmers on the economics of agriculture.

Mr. Museveni strongly advised Mubende leaders to promote the growing of fruits in their zone and cited Mr. Nyombi, who is a progressive and prominent fruit farmer in Mityana district, as a good example to the people of Mubende Zone in their struggle to eradicate household poverty.

The President called on the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to arrange for the provision of planting materials to farmers, avail them improved breeding livestock and also offer them soil fertility advice. He also called on the political class to guide farmers on enterprise selection as they mobilize wananchi for development.

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