KIRUHURA — President Yoweri Museveni has asked the people of Kiruhuura and other areas in Ankole and Kigezi regions to concentrate on rearing exotic cows that are capable of producing at least 20 litres of milk per cow per day or the Ankole cows that produce at least 9 litres per cow per day.
He noted that under the zero grazing system, farmers are able to rear 8 exotic cows or 12 Ankole cows in one acre of land.
Museveni emphasized that cattle farmers need to grow sufficient pasture in order to ensure better and profitable dairy undertakings.
While attending a church service at Nshwerenkye Church of Uganda in Kenshunga Sub-County, Kiruhuura District, Museveni said religion has played a big role in waking up the people before asked them to fully utilize their God-given talents to cause development in their homesteads.
“I call on you to fully utilize your talents. I am happy to note that you are committed to God and are engaged in income generation,” Museveni said a service whose main celebrant was Rev. Meshach Kihondwa.
“I congratulate you for concluding the year and for celebrating Christmas. Thank you for loving and respecting God. It is good for all of us.”
Mr. Museveni said that in 1986 the people of Uganda were asleep and did not know that there was wealth in cattle keeping. He noted that having sensitized the people of Kiruhuura District in particular and Uganda as a whole, wananchi have appreciated positively that cows are lucrative.
He added that he taught wananchi to produce milk and grow bananas, sugarcanes and several other products in order to create wealth for their families and the country at large.
He commended Ugandans for waking up to fully participate in sustained efforts to chase away poverty from their homesteads adding that the country today enjoys abundant output of agro products.
Museveni observed that in the past, Uganda used to import milk and butter but currently, Uganda imports infant milk worth US$ 100 million per year saying that this situation should be reversed since the country is experiencing excess milk production.
He revealed that plans are underway to process more products from milk and ethanol from maize.
Mr. Museveni urged Ugandans to always carry out meticulous calculations on the projects that they choose to undertake.
The President thanked the people of Kiruhuura District for taking the education of their children very seriously and also for stopping alcoholism.