Maj. Gen. Francis Okello, Commandant National Defence College-Uganda (NDC-U), has called for the mechanisation of agriculture in order to boost Uganda’s food security for both local consumption and export.
Okello made these remarks on November 7, 2023, at Musubi Avocado Farm, Mayuge District, where he led participants from NDC-U who were on a domestic study tour.
Musubi Avocado Farm is currently Uganda’s leading avocado growing and producing farm.
According to Okello, President Museveni has always emphasised the mechanisation of agriculture for better yields and increased production for both consumption and commercial purposes as opposed to subsistence farming.
“It’s therefore upon us as leaders to come up with a better strategy to ensure this comes to reality,” Okello said.
He said that agriculture is considered the backbone of Uganda’s economy.
Okello revealed that Musubi Farm was chosen as a case study in order to enable the course participants to appreciate the reality of conducting research and come up with a better strategy for implementation.
NDC-U has begun a 12-day domestic study tour across the country for course participants on November 6, 2023.
The team will cover parts of Eastern, Northern, Central, and Western Uganda.