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Subsistence Farmers are Enemies of Progress – Museveni

Museveni says that subsistence farming has presented itself as a curse, which lasts for generations and if the current generation does not deviate from the practice, the larger community will starve due to reduced food supply. He described those still practising subsistence farming as enemies of progress.

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President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated a call to farmers to abandon subsistence farming and adopt commercial agriculture, a way of lifting Uganda, to middle-Income Status. 

Museveni says that subsistence farming has presented itself as a curse, which lasts for generations and if the current generation does not deviate from the practice, the larger community will starve due to reduced food supply. He described those still practising subsistence farming as enemies of progress.  

This was part of his message delivered through the first deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali at the 9th coronation of the King of Alur Kingdom His Majesty Olarker Phillip Raunii III. The function was held at Atyak Primary School playground on Saturday.  

“We have been advocating for a wide market for African products, regional and continental integration. The market for a wide range of our products is available but we are not producing enough. Let’s produce for the market, not for our stomach.”, he said.  

Through the same message, the president added that the government is committed to reducing the cost of production for goods and services, which Ugandan farming households should take advantage to generate income. 

During the coronation, His Majesty Olarker Phillip Raunii III rallied all Alur subjects to adopt the farming as a vocation and a poverty alleviation venture, not a punishment mechanism.  

“Some parents and schools are using agriculture as a trap to punish young children. These children grow up knowing that agriculture is for ill-mannered children and they shun it. Let’s change that mindset”, he said, adding that young people should be nurtured to embrace agriculture as a job that feeds the nation.      

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