Museveni said that our statistics show that 68% of our people live outside the money economy, not because they are lazy but because they are practicing traditional agriculture methods.
I am glad that authorities are now creating a register at the parish level to monitor homesteads. The parish chief and the technical staff should help champion attitude change at homestead level,’’he said.
He said it is then that this equipment we are distributing will make sense as farmers adopt mechanised agriculture. We now have about 5,000 tractors countrywide but we shall get more.
Beyond tractors, we have opened up a phosphate fertiliser factory in Tororo. There is need to use fertilisers but you must first study the type of soil you have. Government will also support irrigation efforts.
Modern farming methods should also be encouraged for example contours, and spacing. If we embrace this, then we can talk of value addition,’’he added.
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