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Drip Irrigation: A Saviour to Ugandan Farmers

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni recently embarked on a nationwide tour focusing mainly on development projects aimed at elevating the livelihoods of people in those specific regions.

The tour included the commissioning of markets and roads in Municipalities built with help from the World Bank.

Others included meetings with cooperative society heads and cultural leaders with the aim of encouraging the people to adopt best practices to improve on their productivity.

One of the hallmarks of the tour was the fact that the President travelled the entire vastness of the country by road. An incredible achievement by any standards.

One of the roads recently commissioned in Arua Municipality

It is little wonder the President set road network development as his key campaign focus point and this tour was a way to demonstrate to the naysayers on it’s practicality and importance.

Many of his detractors condemned the means used on this tour, expecting him to travel the vastness with a more detached means of transportation such as a helicopter that is at his disposal, but hey! he did not.

President Museveni addressed strategies to curb household poverty that will see the populace tame the threat of hunger which in itself can jeopardise national security.
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A few years ago, he popularized to the rural farmer, a simple and convinient farming method, drip water irrigation which farmers have since adopted to fight the effects of climate change to improve on their produce. The approach which was ridiculed by the naysayers is now being praised by many a farmer.

President Yoweri Museveni demonstrates bottle drip irrigation at his model farm.

The population of Uganda is as diverse as its vastness. Most of our farmers who are the backbone of this country’s agricultural production are peasant farmers who have borne the brunt of climate change.

What they need is leadership that understands their challenges and provides solutions appropriately.
A leadership that does not promise castles in the sky, but delivers on its word.

With improved road networks and construction of modern market centers to sell their produce, the chains of poverty can now be realistically broken.

It is an approach President Museveni has clearly appreciated, one that fits in his agenda to transform the country to a middle income earner status.

As a population, we look forward to much better transformation which Government is tackling step by step.

Steve Mungereza
Steve Mungereza
Sociopolitical Analyst. Coverage of National and Regional news stories.

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