While Tumukunde was addressing a rally at Rubona Playground in Bunyangabu district on Monday, farmers told him that they are not benefiting from agriculture because they sell their produce without any value added to them.
Henry Tumukunde addressing Bunyangabu residents at Rubona playground.
Presidential candidate Henry Tumukunde has pledged to ensure value
addition for farmers in Bunyangabu district when elected.
While addressing a campaign rally at Rubona Playground in Bunyangabu district
on Monday, farmers told him that they are not benefiting from agriculture
because they sell their products without any value added to them.
Godwin Kabayo, one of the farmers in the district, said that the price of
bananas, which is among the major agricultural products in the district, keeps
fluctuating and they do not earn much from it.
He said they would need factories to produce banana juice and manufacture other
products instead of selling them in their raw form and earn very little
Joseph Mukumba, a resident of Kabonero Sub County, said that most of the
roads in the district are in a very bad state with potholes, gullies and become
very muddy and slippery during the rainy seasons.
Mukumba explained that using these roads to transport agricultural produce to
major markets in the district is also very hard.
The about 200 residents that attended the rally promised to vote the former
security minister, saying that he should look into these issues that have
hindered their economic development once he gets into the country's top office.
In response, Tumukunde said that he is well aware of the challenges that
farmers in Bunyangabu district are facing and he promised to build factories
for them and use other strategies to ensure they benefit from agriculture - the
main economic activity in the district.
Beatrice Kiraso, the former Kabarole District Woman Member of Parliament, who
is now the Chief of Staff in the Tumukunde camp, told Bunyangabu people that
she is convinced Tumukunde is the best choice for them.
"I cannot mislead you, people of Tooro. I have represented you in
Parliament for two terms and I can assure you that he is the best candidate for
you. I have worked for the government for a long time, but I did not
get much from it. We are coming with the change," Kiraso said.
Tumukunde's coordination team in Bunyangabu gave him a pet name, Araali, and
also gifted him a small basket as a sign of love. The team that was led by
Harriet Kabarokole said they had mobilized hundreds of supporters but police
asked them to ensure only 200 turns up for the event.
The Rubona rally has been Tumukunde's first rally in Tooro Sub-region. On
Tuesday, he will be in Fort Portal Tourism City before heading to Ntoroko
Bureau Chief, Tooro Sub-Region