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Ugandan Poverty is a Result of Egotism - Museveni

Museveni says that many scoffed at him when demonstrated how one can use a few acres of land for various activities and ensure constant harvests using drip irrigation. The technology allows water to flow under low pressure through plastic bottles and tubes tied along the plants.
President Museveni inspecting farmers who have been able to add value to their produces in Mityana

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President Yoweri Museveni has said that ignoring his advice on poverty alleviation, is the reason many Ugandans are still poor.  Museveni says he always knew that Ugandans can prosper through agriculture. However, many still venture their land in low-income fetching produce, while others opt for wrong enterprises.

Museveni says that many scoffed at him when demonstrated how one can use a few acres of land for various activities and ensure constant harvests using drip irrigation.  The technology allows water to flow under low pressure through plastic bottles and tubes tied along the plants.

He explains that the innovation has done wonders at the Presidential model farms in Kawumu in and Luweero district and another in Kityerera Sub County, Mayuge district where simple, affordable and accessible technologies are applied to irrigate gardens even during prolonged droughts.

But Museveni expressed disappointment that despite the demonstrations, sensitization, development of infrastructure, peace and security, Ugandans are still not making good returns and are stuck with low household incomes. The president was addressing residents of Mityana North Constituency at the launch of the Kisoboka initiative literally meaning 'it is possible'. The initiative is intended to rally locals to change their mindset.

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The president says in spite of the fact that over 70 percent of Ugandans engages in agriculture, many have failed to change their mindset from the traditional substance farming to embrace commercialized agriculture.  He observes that when he started advocating for the fight against poverty in the late 60's, he was misunderstood but never gave up.

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State Ministry for Tourism Godfrey Kiwand said that although the government has come up with different programmes and projects on poverty eradication, several Ugandans still shunned them and have remained poor.

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Mityana District Chairperson Joseph Luzige said that the fluctuation in prices is frustrating Ugandan farmers and asked the president to revive the Price Stabilizing Scheme to monitor the produce prices and maintain evenness.

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But President Museveni noted that the previous governments were able to initiate the Price Stabilizing Scheme because there were only two major cash crops (coffee and cotton) which could be managed. Today, he adds, every crop has become a cash crop.

Museveni says farmers can only fight the poor market prices by sticking to his advice and select crops or projects with high returns or add value to their produce.