MPs applaud Museveni for transforming agriculture sector

1 Lawmakers have applauded President Yoweri Museveni for emphasizing value addition to agricultural products, saying it will transform the agricultural sector.

2 This was during the debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address which he delivered to Parliament on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

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3 Namayingo District Representative, HE Margaret Makhoha said the Parish Development Model (PDM) is a timely intervention but she called for a larger budget for irrigation.

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4 “It’s not good for us to have a drought and yet we have lakes.

5 Like in Namayingo, we have lakes around us but we don’t see any water,” she said.

6 Hon. Peter Okeyoh (NRM, Bukooli Island County) advised the President to focus on fish farming and said the sector has the potential to become one of the biggest revenue generators.

seven “The fishing community needs to be empowered and supported.

8 The Ministry of Agriculture must provide adequate funding to boost the fisheries sector,” he said.

9 Hon. Jane Pacuto Avur (NRM, Pakwach District) said while value addition is a welcome intervention, care must be taken to ensure sufficient electricity supply across the country.

ten “If electricity is not provided to all rural areas, it will be very difficult for our people to obtain added value.

11 West Nile is out of power and for us to be a part of it, the power supply to all regions needs to be increased,” she said.

12 National Seniors Assistant, Hon. Peggy Joy Wako said the parish development model will go a long way in improving the quality of life for older people.

13 “As you know, most of our seniors live in rural areas.

14 I also agree with the Leader of the Opposition’s response on protecting the elderly,” she said.

15 On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, East Buyanja County MP, HE Emely Kugonza tabled the motion, in which she acknowledged that the socio-economic transformation advocated by President Yoweri Museveni has awakened Ugandans to meaningful participation to the initiative for the creation of wealth and jobs.

16 “More and more Ugandans accept the urgent need to integrate into the cash economy.

17 They have made a positive transition from poor and subsistence living to modernity,” Kugonza said.

18 Kugonza added that the President’s emphasis on adding value as link between agriculture and industry is a strategy to ensure that everything that is not consumed fresh is processed industrially in order to be preserved to reach distant markets.

19 Leader of the Opposition, Bro. However, Mathias Mpuuga said the country faces an imminent risk to national stability caused by the massive breakdown of institutions and the proliferation of presidential directives which are illegally carried out by government officials and timid civilians.

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Lana T. Arthur