Bundibugyo local authorities want the government to boost palm tree growing and oil production in the district to help farmers diversify their economic activities.
The leaders say the population predominantly depends on cocoa growing but the recent fall in prices of the product has left many farmers limping economically.
Hon. Josephine Babingi Bebona, the Bundibugyo district woman Member of Parliament said the uncontrolled fall in cocoa prices justifies the urgent need for economic diversification strategies at household levels that can deliver sustained, job-intensive, and inclusive growth.
The Bughendera County MP, Hon. Acrobat Moses Kiiza says it’s vital that government shifts the population from the single income source if the community is to be lifted out of poverty. Hon. Acrobat speaking….
Mr. Moses Murarwa, the Ntandi Town Council Councillor, says that several attempts at economic diversification have had little impact as the majority of them have folded up, whilst others are finding it difficult to survive.
Speaking at the fundraising drive for St. James Kirumya Catholic Church recently, the vice president Rt. Maj. Jessica Alupo said that while the government remains committed to finding a better market and establishing a cocoa factory in the district, it’s also discussing how it can support farmers to engage in other economic enterprises notably palm oil growing. H.E Major Alupo speaking…….
In his address, Rt. Rev. Robert Muhirwa, the Ordinary of the Diocese of Kasese commended the Vice President and Ugandan government for the support to God`s work that later turns to touch into the needs of the people. END