Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo: M7 Camps in Luwero over Wealth Creation
By Serestino Tusingwire
President Yoweri Museveni has pitched camp in the Luwero triangle, to rally locals there on how to improve their household incomes through modernized agriculture.
The President will spend four days in the area, which was the most pivotal in the armed struggle that ushered his government to power three decades ago.
Among others, Museveni is expected to interact with farmers there, tour their farms on foot, explaining to them his four-acre prosperity formula, which according to the NRM manifesto is the key to raising Ugandans’ household incomes and lifting the population out of poverty.
Despite Luweero being the cornerstone of the NRM and being named the ruling party’s“Mecca,” the area still lies in poverty with about 30% of the population living below the poverty line.
“Luweero is the home of NRM. It should be an example to the rest of the country as a model of improved household income,” said the President while meeting with local leaders and residents upon arrival in the district.
Under Museveni’s four-acre programme, which is based on the assumption that every household in Uganda owns at least four acres of land, residents are advised to split up this land and optimize it, with more income generating agricultural ventures.
One acre is to be used for cash crops, say colonal coffee; another acre of land is allocated to fruit production, for example mangoes, the other acre is used for dairy production on which, for example, pasture (elephant grass, legume and others) can be grown and one dairy cow kept; while the last one acre is used for growing of food crops such as maize, beans, ground nuts, cassava and others.