President Yoweri Museveni commended a banana farmer supported by NAADS for the good yields during the first Rwenzori Investment Expo 2020 that took place from 30th to 31st of January 2020 at Mountains of the Moon University in Fort Portal, Kabarole district.
During the tour of the exhibition stalls, the President visited the stall of Godfrey Kaganda and his wife Shakira Kaganda and he was impressed by the big size of the bunches of bananas the two had displayed. Kaganda told the President that they own a 100-acre banana farm in Harugongo Sub County in Kabarole from which they harvest 1,000 bunches every month.
The Kagandas attribute the high banana yields to the advisory /extension services they received from NAADS and the Production office of Kabarole district.
In his keynote address at the event, the President called upon the people of Rwenzori region and Uganda in general to “wake up” and put themselves out of poverty by engaging in diverse economic activities. He gave a passionate call to locals in Rwenzori, urging them to become the driving force behind development in the region and the country.
The President also challenged the locals to engage in a money economy that suits modern-day lifestyles saying the problem is Africa has been sleeping, malnourished thinking and being stuck in the rudimentary ways while the rest of the world is advancing.
Museveni also called for improved agriculture through embracing new farming models. However, the President said he was impressed with some people of Rwenzori who are steadily waking up, focused in development.
The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) was one of the major exhibitors in the agriculture section of the expo showcasing alongside NAADS farmer-beneficiaries. Among the farmer-beneficiaries included cocoa, bananas, grapes, beekeeping, poultry, livestock, artificial insemination services as well as agriculture mechanization equipment that comprised of a tractor.