UGANDA, Mbale | Real Muloodi News | Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, revealed that the government would reclaim all the land that belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture.
While speaking at the groundbreaking of Bungokho Zonal Agriculture Mechanism Centre in Mbale district, Mr Frank Tumwebaze said, “we are going to launch a real war on reclaiming government land belonging to the agriculture ministry and have title deeds for development.”
His revelation was in response to a report by Mbale chairperson, Mr Mafabi Muhammad, who reported to him that some people wanted to grab the land at the centre’s new location. But the district council stopped it from happening.
The centre will be a place for learning and training for various farmers in Bukedi, Bugisu, Teso and the Sebei sub-region to gain the latest mechanisation to guide them in enhancing their farming.
The Minister also noted that he hopes this centre will be a one-stop centre for all the mechanisation involved in agriculture for the eastern region.
This Minister is optimistic that this project will lead to transformation and increase agricultural productivity. Tumwebaze also pointed out that the country only has 5000 tractors, and these cannot spur the desired development.
The Bungokho centre has features such as workshops, service bays, fabrication and welding, bodybuilding, assembling and a hub for maintenance of agricultural equipment.
The centre is an addition to the up and running centres in Agwata Dokolo district and Buwana in Mpigi district.
While giving his remarks, Mr Boniface Okanya, the project coordinator at the Ministry, also pointed out that the Bungokho centre will certify and test machinery.
He said, “This will curb faking and obsolete machinery importation.”
The Resident District Commissioner, Ms Asumin Nasike, implored the residents to support this venture because it is an excellent tool for social-economic development.
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