President Museveni has applauded leaders of South Western Uganda for heeding to his advice and that of scientists on fighting the banana weevil disease.
Speaking at the Banana Farmers Day celebrations at Kashenyi Primary School grounds, Ishaka-Bushenyi municipality, a jovial Museveni said “I am told infection rate has reduced from 75% to 2%.”
His Excellency the President expressed gratitude to the scientists for teaching the public preventive measures of fighting banana bacteria weevil disease, “both conventional and scientific means.”
He continued, “I have over time talked to you about commercial agriculture. I am happy that this is bearing fruit, from what I have seen at the farm of Mr. Rwabukye. “
Mr. Stanley Rwabukye a commercial farmer of Kyandango village, Kashenyi applying the four acre model of farming; with a coffee plantation, banana, cows, pigs among others.
The President however cited three strategic bottlenecks; water, soil fertility, improved seeds, that need to be tackled in the run up to commercialisation of agriculture.
On the issue of water, the President said government is trying to quell the unpredictable rainfall patterns by adopting solar powered irrigation.
Secondly, on the issue of soil fertility, Museveni said “We are going to deal with this by availing fertilisers. We are building a factory in Tororo that will provide fertilisers, and farmers will buy them cheaply.”
Thirdly, on improved seeds, “When the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, is passed, these will be readily available to farmers,” he said.
President Museveni concluded: “However, one major concern is that of depleting swamps, I appeal to you to protect them, those who are already using them, should vacate forthwith.”