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Agriculture Mechanisation a Must - Museveni

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has advised farmers in the cattle corridor districts to embrace agriculture mechanisation to mitigate effects of climate change.
President Museveni trying out one of the tractors at Mbarara

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has advised farmers in the cattle corridor districts to embrace agriculture mechanisation to mitigate effects of climate change.

Museveni was speaking on Friday at the handover of  40 tractors to farmers in the cattle corridor at Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute along Mbarara-Bushenyi road.

The president revealed that farmers must abandon their traditional agricultural practices and start growing sufficient feeds for the animals, selecting quality seeds and irrigation if production is to be improved in the country.

Museveni says that farmers in the cattle corridor have not embraced practices such as growing of enough pastures during the rainy season so that they make hay or silage to feed animals during the dry season.

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A total of 3.5 billion shillings has been spent on buying 40 tractors, 40 disc ploughs, nine hallows and nine tipping trailers. The beneficiary districts include Mbarara, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Sheema, Ibanda, Mitooma, Ntungamo, Lyantonde and Sembabule .

Agriculture Minister Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja revealed that the the tractors are part of a bigger project to be rolled out in the country. He revealed that the government has already okayed the purchase of another 168 tractors to be given to farmer groups in other areas to increase production.

According to the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Executive Director, Dr Samuel Mugasi, the move is aimed at improving pasture production in the cattle corridor. 

Mugasi says that they are working with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) to ensure that the project becomes successful through increased milk production to feed seven milk processing factories in the southwestern Uganda that require at least two million litres of milk daily.

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A total of 40 groups comprising of 40 farmers each have benefited under the project with funding from the government under the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).

Earlier in the day, President Museveni also presided over the opening of a juice processing factory worth 5 billion shillings located at Rwenziringiro, some six kilometres along Mbarara –Isingiro road.

While speaking at the factory, the president urged farmers to embrace fruit growing since there is ready market for their produce.

The factory which is owned by Agro Health Products Uganda Limited deals in processing of mango, pineapple and orange among other fruits.

Nathan Karema, the Managing Director of Agro Health Products Uganda Limited told URN that the factory has provided a solution to the produce that would have otherwise been put to waste.

Karema adds that the factory plans to improve its output from 80,000 to 90,000 litres daily.

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