President Yoweri Museveni presided over the 30th anniversary celebrations of the National Resistance Movement victory on Tuesday at St. Leo’s College, Kyegobe in Kabarole District.
In his address, the president assured tea farmers that government is going to find market for their tea by entering into bilateral agreements with some countries to buy the product.
“It is why I visited Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Sudan so as to get sure market for our tea. In return, we shall buy some things from those countries.”
The Arabs are not drinking much tea because they are in chaos, Museveni told thousands who gathered for NRM day celebrations.
“I decided to comment on the price of tea that fell from UGX500 per kg to UGX350 given upheavals in Arab countries.”
He added: “Those who were encouraging upheavals in Arab countries indirectly caused so many problems to us who are selling tea to Arabs.”
“Those who think that bad politics is a good thing should revise their thinking,” Museveni wanted.
The president said he visited Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan to foster bilateral agreements so that Ugandan tea can have a sure market despite.
“I am looking towards making some intervention in regards to fertilizers used so that farmers spend less on fertilizers.”
“I had a discussion with someone from the UK to have all our fertilizers made here. A Chinese phosphate company is already in Tororo.”
Museveni said when Uganda makes her own fertilizers, she will liberate herself from blackmail of international profiteers in regards to fertilizers.
“The only way to mitigate the low prices is to get some of the Arab countries to buy our tea.”
The government is thinking of intervening on the side of fertilizers through subsidies so that the low prices don’t affect the farmers’ little profits.
He said the NRM government will also upgrade Kasese, Arua and Gulu Airports and also expand the one in Soroti, all to international standards to facilitate tourists travel as well as decongest Entebbe International Airport.
Later, airports will be constructed in Ntungamo and Nakasongola.