Museveni met the CEC members to strategize on how to achieve maximum results from the Parish Development model.
President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni
Yoweri Museveni on Friday met members of the Central Executive Committee-CEC of
the National Resistance Movement-NRM to strategize on how to achieve maximum
results from the Parish Development model.
In a meeting
where the Parish Development Model secretariat led by the Prime Minister
Robinah Nabbanja, the Minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi, and the
National Coordinator of the Parish Development Model Dennis Galabuzi Ssozi
briefed CEC, Museveni said although the program is needed everywhere across the
country; the special focus must be put on the Busoga region. He said the people of
Busoga need to be liberated from sugarcane growing to other ventures outlined
under the parish development model if they are to get out of poverty.
the President, although the Parish Development Model is intended to scale up
government efforts to support the homesteads in subsistence farming to
commercialize, create wealth and gainful employment, and raise household
incomes, people in Busoga are likely to remain poor since many have been
enslaved and given away their chunks of land for sugar cane growing.
I think I will have to go there and have a conference. We shall have to discuss
how to liberate the slaves now because the land has been taken by the sugar
growers. They should get out of those contracts, regain their land and do what
other people are doing in other parts of the country,” Museveni said.
President Jessica Alupo Epel and the Speaker of Parliament Anita Among Annet
also attended the CEC meeting as guest members.
the biggest number of sugarcane mills and huge acreage of sugarcane, making use
of its fertile soil around Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga coupled with good
Bureau of Statistics 2020 figures show that Busoga has 1.2 million poor persons
of which 0.4 million are living in poverty or household food insecurity because
many farmers converted their arable land meant for food production for cane
Nabbanja expressed worry that despite the massive sensitization about
the parish development model, people especially in Kalangala and Busoga who
were advised to go for oil palm growing and sugar cane growing respectively
might remain poor unless given special consideration.
“I have been
to seven districts in Busoga. These people rent out their land at a cost of
500,000 shillings per acre for five (5) years and they don’t have land. You see
sugarcane plantations in front of their homes and those plantations are not
theirs. They leased the land and they’re stuck. To me, this program is a savior
because they can go for other enterprises like piggery, chicken, and the like
but we need guidance in that,” Nabbanja said.
that in Buvuma since 2014, they were advised to go for palm oil farming but
many who gave out their land have not been compensated.
Parish Development Model, households who own four acres of land or less will
be supported in carrying out intensive farming such as zero-grazing, dairy
farming, production of coffee, fruits, food crops, poultry for eggs, piggery,
and fish farming. They will also be encouraged to adopt a farming model which
is capable of earning 21 Million Shillings from two acres of land whereby one acre is for food and the other for cash crop activities.
asked the meeting to plan for the excess produce that will be realized as a
result of embracing the parish development model. He directed Nabbanja to work
closely with the ministries of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development and
that of Trade, industry, and cooperatives and with the Private sector foundation
to prepare how excess production will be absorbed.
the meeting and the Parish Development Model Secretariat to borrow a leaf from
the palm oil growing in Kalangala that has transformed the lives of over 2,000
farmers despite the excess production. She noted that through their solid
cooperative of out-growers, they have dividends of 14 Billion Shillings.
assured the President of the success of the parish development model that she
says has so far received overwhelming support from the population.
expressed the need to have mechanisms or laws to deal with Ugandans, especially
in Kampala who might disappear after receiving the funds due to the nature of
Museveni directed the secretariat and the Ministry of Local Government to study
how they will trace people in urban areas who keep migrating from one town to
the other. He said those who are not ready should not be given the funds.
for local government Raphael Magyezi will report back in the next Cabinet
meeting on the strategies on how to deal with beneficiaries of the parish development
model in urban areas.