Engage in agriculture and utilize the infrastructure the NRM government has put in place
President Museveni also advised the residents to differentiate between development (dongo lobo) & wealth (lonyo).
UGANDA - President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta toured Northern Uganda in Gulu on February 22nd and 23rd, 2023. The president will tour all 18 zones of the country but begun in Gulu where he addressed key issues and demands from various regions.
He ended his tour of the Acholi sub-region at the Kaunda grounds where he addressed a rally and placed emphasis on wealth creation (Lonyo) as the key to defeating poverty. The President told the local people that some of the businesses are better done if they form groups like carpentry and processing small factories. He also thanked parents for sending their children to study in the Skilling Hubs and the program will continue. He added that the Skilling centers were built for children to get skills such that they go back and start their own small factory or do it as a group or be employed to work in somebody’s factory.
He made the remarks while commissioning the youth Skilling hub in Gulu, where he told them to be a new force for wealth creation, a new generation of wealth creators.
President Museveni also advised the residents to differentiate between development (dongo lobo) & wealth (lonyo). He says the NRM government has improved infrastructure like roads and other social services but, it makes no sense to be proud when the people using them are poor. He ended his speech by preaching his four acre model in order to avert poverty.
"This is a good example of how poverty can be eradicated ,i.e. start with one acre, look after your crop, harvest bigger yields and get more money," he advised.
President Museveni is rooting for small-scale commercial farming approach in order to boost household incomes in northern Uganda.
This comes at a time when the Acholi Sub-region, according to a survey by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics [UBOS], is the poorest in the country, despite boasting arguably of the most fertile land in the country.
“Our mathematics of the 4-acre module, 1 acre for coffee, fruits (citrus and mangoes, pineapples, pasture for feeding the livestock and 4th acre for the food crop growing. In the backyard, one would put piggery, chicken for eggs, and fish farming for those around swamps,” Museveni explained.
According to Museveni, this approach will directly be assisted under the Parish Development Model under which each parish in the country gets a total of 100 million every financial year.
“We have had several interventions like NAADs, Operation Wealth Creation. But now we are giving money directly to your SACCOs to fund your various projects. This is aimed at improving household income in your homes,” the president noted.