The district which borders Mbarara, Kiruhura, Buhweju and Kamwenge hosted this year’s National Resistance Movement-NRM liberation Day celebrations, commemorating the date in 1986 when the NRM Captured Kampala to overthrow the government of the day, after a five-year protracted struggle.
Land fragmentation, degraded natural
resources, lack of access to water and electricity, and a poor road Network
have been listed as some of the reasons for the slow growth of Ibanda district in
The district which borders Mbarara,
Kiruhura, Buhweju and Kamwenge hosted this year’s National Resistance Movement-NRM
liberation Day celebrations, commemorating the date in 1986 when the NRM
Captured Kampala to overthrow the government of the day, after a five-year protracted
During the function, held at
Ibanda Demonstration Playground, President Yoweri Museveni tasked the area
leaders to explain to their constituents why 40 per cent of the
households in their area were still poor despite all government interventions
in the area.
Although the district’s economy
is founded on agriculture, at least 85 per cent of the farmers are involved in
subsistence agriculture, growing banana’s, maize, groundnuts, cassava, and
beans for home consumption. Other economic activities in the area include fishing,
mining, quarrying, forestry and bricklaying.
Ibanda South MP John Byabagambi who
took to the podium first said that most people are constrained by land fragmentation
as most households have less than 1.5 acres of land per capita. He added that for several years, the area did not have access to water and electricity which slowed its progress and put a lot of pressure on natural resources.
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Firewood is the only source of
energy for cooking in the district for both rural and urban dwellers in Ibanda,
which puts a lot of pressure on the environment to provide energy for cooking.
The MPs say that the high demand for firewood and charcoal contributes to high
levels of deforestation and environmental degradation.
Ibanda North MP Guma Gumisiriza says
that the geographical set of Ibanda is different from the rest of the area
noting that the soils in the area lose productivity quickly, relating it to the
cattle corridor of Kazo and Buremba.
The soil structure of Ibanda district
consists of sands, clays and loams, with arable land covering about 80 per cent
for both crop and livestock and the 20 per cent for the forests, savannah, hills
and wetlands. However, the percentage utilization
of arable land stands at 60 per cent for crop production, according to the
district development plan.
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Joverine Karisa, the Woman Member of Parliament, says that
the road network in the area is poor the farmers have failed to ferry their
produce to market.
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But Ibanda Municipality MP
Rwaburindori Tarsis said his fellow Legislators underestimated the percentage
of households under commercial agriculture putting it at 80 per cent. He is optimistic
that within two years, 100 per cent of the residents will practice commercial
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The president said that as the NRM government has set three
ways to increase on the incomes of the people through commercial agriculture,
Commercial industries, among others.
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Todays’ celebrations are held under the theme; Celebrating
NRM/A’s Patriotic Struggle That Ushered in National Unity and Socioeconomic