President Yoweri Museveni who is currently in South Western Uganda to sensitize the locals on wealth creation campaign has said government will invest in the manufacture of solar-powered water pumps to ensure the realization of both sustainable irrigation and agro-production.
“We will support the efforts of solar pumps to help you on irrigation,” Museveni said as he addressed leaders from Kigezi sub-region at Kigezi College Butobere on Tuesday.
He told the local leaders that government has put aside enough funds that will be disbursed to the people through different specialized categories of people and groups, such as youth and women funds on top of the known Operation Wealth Creation program, all intended to ensure they can create some wealth for their own development.
The President informed the leaders that Uganda spends $200 million annually on the importation of papers adding that efforts to establish a paper making industry are underway.
He expressed happiness to note that the local population is planting trees in large numbers saying that trees are raw materials for the papermaking industry.
He observed that bamboo trees are a better option for the industry and called for more attention to be placed on the product.
Museveni also said government is intensifying efforts to add value to our products by setting up mini-industrial parks zone by zone adding that the funds for that purpose are very much available.
He, however, warned them against land fragmentation but urged them to practice modern farming methods for both food for home consumption and for sale.
On their part, Kigezi Sub-Region leaders presented a resolution of support to President Museveni as their candidate come 2021.
The resolution that was read by Kabale District LC5 Chairperson, Patrick Kaihwa who saluted the President for his tireless efforts to fight household poverty to which strategy the leaders pledged total support in order to realize development.
Kigezi Sub-Region comprises of the districts of Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Rubanda and Rukiga.