Go Forward presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, has promised to review the SACCOs model to ensure farmers get capital without selling off their property.
Mbabazi was Wednesday campaigning in Kabwohe and Bugongi in Sheema western Uganda.
“Farmers are mortgaging the small pieces of land for capital. This has left many rural farmers at risk of loss of all assets. This cannot be,” he said.
Mbabazi said that with the advanced sub county model, the crop is collateral.
He promised to look into debt relief for farmers.
“Farmer loans that are over five Million shall be reviewed.”
According to him, the most important tool to increased income is increased productivity and security of market.
“I will set up commodity exchange to minimize risk.”
Addressing a rally in Rudindi trading center Mbarara district, Mbabazi said part of his government policy shall be to look into eradicating banana wilt.
“The income of many farmers in Mbarara depends on this. We will through research schools engineer strands of banana that can withstand the wilt.”
He said Government support to agricultural research will be increased.
He promised to bring science experts to Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Mbarara Zonal Agriculture and Research Institute to develop banana tissues which are resistant to banana bacterial wilt disease.
Addressing a press conference at Lake View Resort Hotel in Mbarara town earlier, Mbabazi dismissed as propaganda reports that his supporters are defecting to President Yoweri Museveni camp.
He called these reports “simple dramatics” aimed at distracting his team.
Polls often false
Mbabazi also dismissed opinion polls that have put Museveni in the lead ahead of February elections.
According to a New Vision opinion poll, Museveni leads with 71%, FDC’s Kizza Besigye at 19%, Go Forward’s Amama Mbabazi at 6% and People’s Development Party leader Dr. Abed Bwanika.
Another poll by Research World International (RWI) placed incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in the lead with 51 percent followed by Forum for Democratic Change party presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye at 32 percent and ex-premier Amama Mbabazi at 12 percent.
Responding to the polls, Mbabazi said they don’t reflect what is happening on the ground.
Mbabazi said polls do not reflect the views of society and should not drive debate.
“Uganda is still a young democracy and therefore cannot rely on polls to determine her political destination,” Mbabazi is quoted telling press.
Mbabazi insisted that most of these polls are often false because many people cannot open up when speaking to strangers.