President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has praised the Lango Cultural Foundation for developing strategic economic plans aimed at making the people of Lango sub-region join the money economy and eradicate poverty in their households.
“I am glad the Foundation wants to do Institutional farming, that is why you are asking for tractors. This is a good idea. It is in the right direction, because when a cultural Institution engages in commercial farming it becomes like a school. The ordinary people learn from it, they copy. It is not only getting money for the Cultural Institution but also teaching our people here,” he noted.
The President made the remarks yesterday in a meeting with the leader of Lango Cultural Foundation, His Highness Yosam Odur Ebii at Baralegi State Lodge in Okwang sub-county, Otuke District.
The President was responding to the Memorandum prepared by the Cabinet of the Lango Cultural Foundation and presented by their Prime Minister James Robert Ebilo.
He was equally delighted to learn from them that they are ready to grow perennial crops like coffee, cocoa, avocado but also encouraged them to take interest in dairy and fish farming that will help people to eradicate poverty.
“The seasonal crops are good but they are a bit erratic, but the perennial crops give you a stable base, you harvest this year, next year even if the price goes down it can’t go down so much that you fail. Some of these areas have enough rain to grow coffee and other crops that need good rainfall. So, I am happy with this awakening of our people,” President Museveni said.
On Tochi Irrigation Scheme, President Museveni expressed his gratitude to learn of the plan pointing out that once the scheme is operational it will open up the eyes of the people to realize that crops can be grown all year round as wananchi are used to wet and the dry seasons only.
“You may not be able to do everything but if you do it in one or two places and do it very well then it becomes a wakeup call for others,” he observed.
President Museveni also lauded Lango Cultural Foundation for their plan to open up a ranch and pledged to support them in promoting the enterprise.
On their request for industries to add value to Cassava, President Museveni welcomed the proposal and informed them that he is already working with Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu Archdiocese to open up one in Acholi sub-region but blamed Members of Parliament for frustrating some of these projects citing the Atiak Sugar project.