By Stephen Ainganiza
The first ever Presidential Model Parish Project has been launched in Kabarole district, with several farmers receiving livestock.
Rwengaju Model Parish Presidential Project in Busoro Sub County was launched on Thursday. Kabarole District Chairman Richard Rwabuhinga revealed that Rwengaju was declared a model parish by President Yoweri Museveni in 2008 when he visited a home of the Late Kabagambe, one of the progressive farmers in the area. Rwabuhinga said the President promised to develop Rwengaju into a model parish by supporting farmers, and that the area would be a learning center for farmers from other areas to share knowledge and experience on modern farming.
“I thank President Museveni for transforming this area through modern agriculture and the technologies our people have received. I strongly caution the beneficiaries against eating the livestock but urge you to look after them to multiply so as to generate income to educate your children and improve your household status,” Rwabuhinga said.
He revealed that as a district they are specializing on Agro -Processing Industrialization to add value to farmers’ produce.
The launch was officiated by Ham Mugenyi, the Board Chairperson Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) who represented Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) National Coordinator, General Caleb Akandwanaho Salim Saleh.
Mugenyi urged residents, especially beneficiaries of the project to change their mindset from subsistence agricultural methodologies to commercial farming.
He noted that countries that embraced the idea of industrialization, by adding value to local produce, have since developed.
“Since Rwengaju is the first model parish to be established by President Yoweri Museveni in the country, as UDC we pledge total support and this would be used as a learning center/parish for all districts,” Mugenyi said.
A total of 500 improved piglets and 150 heifers were given to residents during the launch. The parish will also receive 15,000 chicks, 1500 exotic goats and Sh200million for SACCOs.