Agriculture: Nabbanja urges Masindi residents to embrace Museveni’s four-acre model

MASINDI, May 20, 2024 – Uganda’s Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja has challenged residents of Masindi district to embrace high-value crops which require small pieces of land to be cultivated.

Nabbanja noted that this can be done effectively by embracing the four-acre- model being championed by President Yoweri Museveni who says one can partition the four acres to grow coffee, bananas, and pasture and do zero grazing, with each of the activities taking one acre.

“The population is increasing but land is remaining the same. Don’t go for crops like sugarcane, maize, tea, and tobacco if you know you have no big land. Embrace crops like coffee, fruits, onions, tomatoes, and bananas among others because they are highly paying, and they require small pieces of land,” advised Nabbanja presiding over a fundraiser for Biizi Uganda Martyrs Catholic Church in Masindi district.

She also called upon the people of Masindi to embrace the Parish Development Model [PDM], saying it gives opportunities to the beneficiaries to engage in commercial agriculture where the growth of coffee, fruits, dairy farming, among others.

She government is committed to injecting more money in the PDM which targets to move 39 percent of the Ugandan population from the subsistence to the money economy.

Nabbanja also urged people of Bunyoro to vote Museveni in the forthcoming presidential election in 2026,  saying his National Resistance Movement [NRM] government has initiated various development programmes and projects in the region that will soon begin producing oil for the country.

“I request the people of Bunyoro to continue supporting the NRM government because we are holding key positions government, right from the Prime Minister, Inspector General of Police, Finance minister, among others. There’s no reason why one should oppose NRM in Bunyoro. Let’s appreciate what we have got,” noted Nabbanja.

The Premier urged religious leaders to make use of their platforms to sensitise the population on the socio-economic transformation agenda of the government.

She further reaffirmed government’s commitment of establishing a public university in Bunyoro situated at Bulera in Hoima City, noting that the item has been considered in the budget for the next f financial year 2024/2025.

She also called upon the residents of Bunyoro to use the improved road network in the region to access the different markets. “Don’t just look at these roads but use them to transport items to the different markets,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nabbanja contributed over Shs 20 million towards the construction of Biizi Martyrs Catholic Church which requires Shs 150mln to be completed.

The fundraising for the church was also attended by Grace Mary Mugasa the State Minister for public service who warned political leaders to desist from corruption in the employee recruitment process.

She also warned job seekers from engaging middlemen to secure jobs in the district. “Jobs are not given on street or in drawers but they are advertised and they are supposed to be given on merit. The one buying and the one selling jobs are all culpable,” said Mugasa.

Father Joseph Birungi, the Parish Priest of Nyamigisa Catholic Parish commended government for tarmacking the road leading to the parish headquarters, although he said the local now face the challenge of lack of power.

The politicians and the well wishers managed to solicit for over Shs 150mln towards the completion of the church structure.

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