President Yoweri Museveni has said agriculture is only possible when the country is at peace.
In his address to the Parliament on the budget speech 2015, Museveni asked Ugandans to take a holistic view of the budget not a fragmented one.
“Can you have agriculture without peace?” he queried.
He said some people misunderstand the chain of production especially when government says it is spending more on roads than agriculture.
He saluted the partners that support government in road construction like the World bank.
He said NRM had patiently worked on all these bottlenecks that are affecting the country.
“If you think peace is not here, then go to Somalia and try to run a coffee farm there,” he suggested.
“The NRM is set to attain its strategic goal of modernising Uganda.”
The president further noted that 12% of the current budget is spent on Government wage bill.
Museveni noted that literacy rates had moved from 43% in 1986 to 75% in 2015.
“We could achieve more. I want to salute the NRM caucus and other positive leaders for supporting some of my measures.”
He observed that apart from the security challenges that keep popping up, producers are now assured of a regional market.
Museveni took of time to appreciate the minister for Finance, Matia Kasaija, for doing a good job.
“Have you seen how the old people/men can perform?” Museveni threw the question to the audience eliciting hand claps and ululations.
Earlier in the afternoon, President launched the second National Development Plan (NDPII) 2015/16 – 2019/2020 and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016 – 2020.
The National Development Plan is designed to propel Uganda towards middle income status by 2020, in line with the aspirations of Uganda’s Vision 2040.
This Plan aims at strengthening Uganda’s competitiveness for sustainable wealth creation, employment and inclusive growth.