President Museveni calls on farmers to embrace mulching

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

President Yoweri Museveni yesterday took a group of journalists on a tour of the Kawumu Presidential Farm in Makulubita Sub-county, Luweero District.

 

The purpose of the tour was to see the progress made with the drip irrigation setup on the farm that the President championed last year in October to demonstrate how the simple irrigation technique could work amidst concerns from farmers countrywide about the then prolonged dry season.

 

The 24-acre Presidential farm is used to grow fruits (mangoes, pineapples, passion fruits, pawpaws), practice zero grazing, grow coffee, mushrooms, matooke and vegetables.

 

Museveni appealed to farmers to mulch their gardens because it helps soil retain water, stops soil erosion and works as manure when the materials decomposes.

 

He also took time off to harvest mushrooms at the farm. The mushrooms have undergone value addition and are on the market.

 

Speaking to a cross section of journalist after the tour, President Museveni revealed that he developed the idea of setting up this farm in Luweero because people have failed to listen to the message of the Movement.

 

He urged the masses to embrace commercial agriculture as a means of uplifting their economic standards.

 

“I developed the idea of setting up this farm in Luweero because people have failed to listen to the message of the Movement. I decided to come here to the centre where peasants live to demonstrate that it's possible.” Museveni said.