Northern Uganda to get tractors from government

Northern Uganda to get tractors from government
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The Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Nobert has appealed to the people in Northern Uganda to use the exit of the balalo from their land to increase on production of produce for the big market.

While representing the President at the handover ceremony Mao said respect must be given to the attitude of the people of Northern Uganda concerning their land, he also advised legislators from the three sub-regions that make up Northern Uganda to insist on demanding what the region deserves.

The government Friday handed over 27 big tractors and 326 walking tractors to all the districts in the three sub-regions of Acholi, Lango and West Nile at a function held at Namalere National Mechanized Referral Center in Wakiso district.

But representing the President at the function, the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Norbert Mao says with the acquisition of these free tractors and with the exit of Balaalo from Northern Uganda, the people in the region should now focus on increasing agricultural productivity.

Mao who says the Country needs 5000 tractors per year for the next five years for sustainable production, also tasked the legislators from Northern Uganda to demand government what belongs to the region.

To the Government Chief Whip Hamson Denis Obua, the acquisition of the tractors is as a result of the Parliamentary caucus retreat at Kyakwanzi where all leaders from the Northern asked the President to support the region with tractors.

Obua is optimistic that the tractors will help the region move from substance to commercial farming.

Both the Minister for Agriculture Frank Tumwebaze and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Major. Gen David Kasura Kyomukama, the decision to distribute tractors to the Northern it’s because of the existence of the arable land in the region.

The 27 big tractors have cost the government Shs3.5b and 326 walking tractors have been procured at Shs8.5 billion. Karamoja sub-region was the first to benefit from this program of tractors.

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