Government to work on 17 irrigation schemes in 2018/19 says president Museveni

Given the importance of agricultural sector in Uganda’s economy, President yoweri Kaguta Museveni said in his state of Nation Address that government will soon have the necessary boosters for agriculture through irrigation means.

President Museveni said these will be the use of fertilizers by more Ugandan farmers than at present and the farmers will use more irrigation.

In the coming financial year, he said the Government will work on the following irrigation schemes using the government budget 2018/19.

These irrigation schemes in two phases and they includes: Doho phase II in Butalejja district; Mubuku phase II in Kasese district; Wadelai in Nebbi district; Tochi in Oyam district; Ngenge in Oyam district; Atari (Bulambuli and Kween);Katete in Kanungu district.

The other irrigation schemes are: Kawumu in Luwero district; Amagoro (Tororo district); Nabigaga (Kamuli district);Rwimi (Kasese and Kabarole district); Nyimur (Lamwo);Musamya (Kayunga);Kibimba (Gomba);Kabuyanda (Isingiro); Matanda (Isingiro); andIgogero-Naigombwa (Iganga and Bugiri).

“In order to roll-out a global irrigation system for the whole country, the president said: “We are encouraging industrialists to set up assembly or manufacturing plants for solar-powered water pumps. Some of these pumps and water conveyance systems, will be used in government funded irrigation schemes. Others, however, will be used by the farmers at their own cost. I encourage all the capable farmers to, at their own cost, go into irrigation.”

President Museveni proposed to the 2 fora the step of taking on the development budget of the country and also focusing on the roads and electricity.

He said the budget for the roads was raised from Shs398 billion to Shs3,442 billion.  It now stands at Shs. 4,786 billion per annum.

The budget for electricity was raised from Shs. 178 billion to Shs2,858 billion. It now stands at Shs2.77 trillion per annum.

As a consequence, we now have tarmac roads to almost all the corners of Uganda: Nimule; Oraba; Musingo; Vurra; Lwakhakha soon; Malaba; Busia; Busuunga, beyond Bundibugyo; Mpondwe; Mutukula; Muroongo on the Kagyera river; Mirama hill; Katuna; Cyanika and Bunagana,” he said.

He said Radiating from Kampala, tarmac roads are now connecting all those points. The distance between Cyanika and Oraba is 1,048Kms (655miles), all of it connected by a tarmac road, from Kisoro district to Koboko.

Regarding electricity President Museveni said all the district headquarters, except for Kaabong and Buvuma, have now been reached by the electricity wires.

He said the generation capacity of Uganda will soon be 2,216 megawatts, once Isimba, Karuma and many of the mini-hydros are completed.

“Much of this work has been done by the Uganda Government money.  58 per cent of the roads, for instance, have been done or are being done by the Government of Uganda money. We are, of course, also grateful to the development partners for their contributions. Some of the roads have been done with their support,” he said.

This year, for instance, the economy will grow by 5.8 per cent per annum.  This will rise to over 7% per annum by the financial year 2019/2010.  Indeed, a Centre at Havard, in the USA, recently predicted that Uganda will be one of the fastest growing economies in the world by 2026 or thereabout.

President Museveni explained that four sectors supported high economic growth and they include: industry which grew at 6.2 per cent per annum, services at 7.3 per cent, ICT at 7.9 per cent and agriculture at 3.2 per cent.

Going forward, President Museveni said one of the stimuli for faster economic growth, is the low cost of doing business in the economy.

“With the refinancing of Bujagali and a better deal for managing the transmission of electricity, we shall achieve the low cost of electricity per unit, added to the low cost of money mentioned above.  That leaves the low cost of transport as our next target,” he said.

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