GRATEFUL: Bukedea people receive farm equipment donated by Speaker Anita
NEWS EDITOR MEDIA
YESTERDAY, Speaker Parliament of Uganda Rt. Hon. Annet Anita Among (AAA) donated to the people of Bukedea district in Teso Subregion tractors and other farming equipments worth UGX 300M calling upon other leaders to support their communities to transform from subsistence to commercial farming.
This is not the first time, Speaker Anita who doubles as Woman Member of Parliament representing Bukedea District has been donating such equipment to boost Agriculture in the region.
Her call for commercial agriculture resonates with President Museveni’s appeal for Ugandans to scale up from producing only for the stomach to commercial agriculture as one of the means to boost food security and uplifting livelihoods.
In her message read at the handover of farm equipment in Bukedea District, Speaker Anita said, “This will improve household incomes, given that agriculture remains an integral sector of Uganda’s economy, whose contribution in terms of exports cannot be downplayed.”
“Uganda is blessed with a conducive weather that supports farming throughout the year. Let’s use this as a resource and transform from farming for food only to commercial agriculture through which we can earn some money,” she said.
About 60 percent of Uganda’s population is engaged in agriculture, with related exports from the sector standing at 48.5 percent while contribution to gross domestic product stands at 23 percent.
During the handover of tractors and other farm equipment worth Shs300m in Kidongole Sub-county in Bukedea, Ms Among noted that it was indeed time for Ugandans to embrace commercial agriculture, which is a key ingredient to government’s larger plan to reduce poverty.
Ms Among also called upon Ugandans to embrace government development programmes such as the Parish Development model (PDM) that seeks to lift Ugandans out of poverty by directly placing resources nearer to them.
Hundreds of Bukedea people expressed their gratitude to their beloved daughter for her endless efforts to transform their lives.
“This donation is a great boost to commercial agriculture. We are so greatful to our daughter Anita Among and may God continue protecting her.” Said one of the elders Mr. Omale.
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