Chapter Five

Chapter Five

Based on the growth and development of the middle class According to the 2014 National Population and Housing Census, six categories of poor and vulnerable people were identified in Uganda. The majority composition of this group were orphans, street children, Persons with Disabilities, female-headed households / widows, older people and their dependents, landless peasants and residents in the northern region. In addition to these, there is a large number of youths who are either unemployed or employed but earning meagre pay that is not sufficient to enable them meet their basic need. Such people are generally associated with small land holding, large families, female or child-headed households, illiteracy, mal-nourishment, limited or no access to credit due to lack of collateral, limited access to basic needs and unemployment. These constitute more than 90% of the population.

My government will seek to provide solutions that will enhance socio-economic transformation through enacting practical policies stipulated below in the following sectors.

i. Allocate 15% of the national budget to the agriculture sector from the current 3.75% which cannot spur agricultural development.

ii. Establish an agricultural focused National Television channel to sensitize and inform the public about the best agricultural practices.

iii. Provide free and safe fertilizers and pesticides, seed varieties and animal breeds.

iv. Re-introduce and promote co-operative unions.

v. Establish a co-operative bank to provide low interest loans to farmers through their unions.

vi. Promote commercial and mechanized irrigation to reduce dependence on rain-based agriculture. This will in turn boost agro-production because farming will not depend on the weather seasons.

vii. Establish and maintain government silos in every district to promote food security and quality storage.

viii. Regulate prices of agricultural products through quantity and quality control mechanisms in the market.
ix. Sensitize farmers through seminars, workshops, and fairs on best agricultural practices.

x. Promote commercialization, industrialization and mechanization of agriculture.

xi. Develop economic infrastructure, especially roads, to increase access to markets. At a minimum, all marram roads will be well maintained.

xii. Establish treaties with countries like Israel, Denmark, to mention but a few, in order to promote modernized agriculture and increased access to international markets for our agricultural exports.

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