Museveni tells Kasese farmers to give up small scale cotton growing
President Yoweri Museveni has asked farmers to stop growing cotton on a small scale.
Museveni made the remarks on Thursday at Karambi playground in Karambi Sub-county, Kasese district. He was visiting the area on the invitation of the Bukonzo West Member of Parliament, Atkins Geoffrey Katusabe.
Kasese district is one of the leading producers of cotton in the entire country but Museveni says the effort invested in the production of this cash crop does not match the dividends obtained from the crop.
He argued that growing of cotton should be left to people who own huge chunks of land like 100 acres while those that have up to five acres should adopt a four-acre development strategy.
“I urge you to implement the four-acre plan that I keep talking about. Have several enterprises like coffee growing, dairy rearing, poultry keeping and fruit farming. For those with less land in this area, consider growing high-value crops like apples or pineapples,” Museveni said.
He pledged to boost Katholhu mini-irrigation scheme at Katholhu in Nyakiyumbu Sub County and also inject more resources into the development of more irrigation schemes such that the people of Kasese are supplied with water all the time to enable produce crops throughout the year.
“In order to support agriculture we shall intensify irrigation. The government has rehabilitated the Mubuku Irrigation Scheme and we shall support smaller community-driven schemes,” Museveni said.
He promised to investigate the allegations of violence by the UPDF on fish traders but quickly cautioned the people of Kasese against dealing in immature fish.
“It was wrong for the communities here to engage in catching immature fish. However, I do not condone use of violence by those checking this vice. I will investigate the allegations of harassment by law enforcers,” Museveni said.
Katusabe appealed to the President to prevail over soldiers of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces whom he accused of harassing fish traders.
Kasese District Chairman Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo also re-echoed the need to release of Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere who is currently battling a series of cases at the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala.
Bigogo told the President that his release will be a key step in the peace processes within the region.