On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni addressed the media following his five-day Operation Wealth Creation drive in Luweero district.
The president said he was satisfied with the pace of the programme whose ultimate goal is to ensure the 68% of the population involved in subsistence agriculture move into commercialised farming.
The president further said the soldiers he tasked to ensure inputs get to the population are doing a good job.
The task now is to ensure many more homesteads access inputs, he said.
For example in Mawale village, 280 of the 1,100 homesteads are involved in OWC.
“I am totally against the elite island economy where a few rich people are surrounded by a lot of underdeveloped people.”“About me fetching water on a bicycle to demonstrate drip irrigation, the notion was to demonstrate humility and approachability to leaders.”
He went on: “It’s akin to Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.”
Importantly, he added, it was a message to Ugandans that one can start simple, use manual irrigation as one waits for mechanized irrigation (which government is working on too) and rain-fed watering.