President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called upon the people of
Rwenzori Region and Uganda in general to “wake up” and put themselves out of
poverty by engaging in diverse economic activities.
Museveni says it’s unfortunate that in a region full of
potential ranging from the good climate to fertile soils the people there
continue to wade in poverty and unemployment.
Speaking during the end of the 2 days Rwenzori Investment
Expo 2020 at Mountains of the Moon University in Fort Portal on Friday, Museveni
gave a passionate call to locals in Rwenzori, urging them to become the driving
force behind development in the region and the country.
The President also challenged
the locals to engage in a money economy that suits modern-day life styles
saying the problem in Africa has been sleeping, malnourished thinking and being
stuck in the rudimentary ways while the rest of the world is advancing.
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Museveni also called for improved agriculture
through embracing new farming models. However, the President said he was
impressed with some people of Rwenzori who are steadily waking up, focused in
President Museveni also challenges
politicians notably on the opposition side to stop from only trading in
politics but start engaging Ugandans in development agenda.
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Godfrey Dembe, a farmer from Kasese
who was part of exhibitors however calls on government to support farmer groups
more efficiently through mechanization if they’re to advance.
Moses Simon Kaheru, another farmer
called for cooperation between local governments and the farmers to understand their
needs and include them in planning processes for lower governments.
Nyakana Richard, a farmer in Kabarole
District observed the need for extension services that will educate farmers on
effective use of land and reduction of overhead costs of production.
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In response Museveni pledged to
support local small scale entrepreneurs in the region so that they can increase
on their production capacities and varieties.
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The president at the same function officially
signed the presidential initiative on agro-industrialization for local economic
development (AGRILED) project for the Rwenzori Region.
The initiative is aimed at supporting
the local governments to facilitate effective business oriented development.