Government to set up solar pumps for irrigation


By Annita Matsika, Radio West/NECJOGHA

Kabale, Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni who is currently in South Western Uganda to sensitize the wananchi on wealth and job creation campaign, has disclosed that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government will work to enable the manufacturing of solar powered water pumps to ensure the realization of both sustainable irrigation and agro-production.

“We will support the efforts of solar pumps to help you on irrigation,” he said.

The President was addressing leaders from Kigezi Sub-Region at Kigezi College  Butobere in Kabale Municipality on Tuesday. Kigezi Sub-Region comprises 6 Districts – Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Rubanda and Rukiga. 

He told the area leaders that government has put aside enough funds that will be disbursed through different specialized categories of people and groups, such as youth and women funds on top of the known Operation Wealth Creation programme. He advised the people to endeavor and follow the stipulated projects in order to benefit the intended beneficiaries.

President Museveni also informed the leaders that Uganda spends US$200 million annually on the importation of papers adding that efforts to establish a paper making industry are under way. He was happy to note that the local population are planting trees in large numbers saying that tress are raw materials for the paper making industry.

He observed that bamboo trees are a better option for the industry and called for more attention to be placed on the product. He also said government is intensifying efforts to add value to our produce by setting up mini-industrial parks zone by zone adding that the funds for that purpose are very much available.

President Museveni used the occasion to warn against land fragmentation saying the practice disables land for production. He advised the people of Kigezi to use the method of shares instead of dividing land physically. 



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