It’s a 27-year Scandal
Buganda, Alur, Bugishu, Karamojong, Tooro must defend her women, etc., against political party maddeness with power and the glory that never comes. Women must demand that nrm and its affiliated/opposing political parties committees themselves to offering them a monthly fund equivalent, to a balanced dairy meal and medicare to their children from 1 day up to 15 years of age.
Why should women otherwise vote for these parties?
There are only two methods an agricultural based economy can develop. That is by simultaneously stimulating both the supply and demand side of the sector. The above structure does not work independent of primary arrangements such as:
i. Transport facilitation
ii. Storage facilities (granaries or silos)
ii. Processing capability (drying, grounding or packaging)
iii. Packaging capability
iv. Marketing strategy
v. Subsidies, negative Taxation etc.
Which of the above, has nrm political economy scientist done in its 27 years of existence – none! nrm/nra can’t even produce packed beef from ‘Chinese’ owned meat factory in Lira or high-energy biscuits from Kawempe cassava factory for their ‘army’, which Amin a buffoon, kept doing all along his 8 year tenure!
In fact i – v encourage supply or demand automatically, on condition that
I. Medical workers
III. School children
V. The army
VI. Police men/women
are organised to consume the above items i.e. if National (Libyan) Housing Construction Corporation was building organised human settlements for them. The Colonial government never considers financing University Meals, and School Children (upe) meals carrying mawooru (left over) to primitive village schools as agricultural production strategy.
If naads money (billions stolen) went to buying 7 million litters of milk, orange, mango, pineapple and passion fruit juice, tinned beef and high protein biscuits monthly – more people will be in agriculture and no money will be stolen.
Why? A few Factories will be supplying directly to schools, colleges, universities and barracks and the a few banks will be crediting aro-processors accounts.
It is a 27-year scandal and Baganda support such nrm?!
nrm irrational programmes (naads, pma, peap etc.) virtually all of them have focused their vexing apathy on stimulating the supply side. That is government increasing money supply i.e. liquidity to farmers (access to money) to produce more (supply) albeit without, the needed agro-processing capacity. This money has also gone to acquiring wooden carts for cart pushers in Mukono!
By magic the creation of naads, then sacco’s it was thought, will instantly get people very rich from agricultural production! Now just imagine, that by a miracle about 10 million farmers all produce the same crops. What will be the end result in the present circumstance where there is neither agro- processing capacity nor consumption strategy? Majority people in the colonial state depend on subsistence for food provisions.
Notice, the entire colonial state of Uganda has only one and I emphasise only one centre of high consumption that is Kampala.
Irish potatoes and onions from Kabale are sold in Kampala.
Milk and banana from Mbarara are sold in Kampala
Rice and upland rice from Wakiso is sold in Kampala
Oranges, sweet potatoes and onions from Mbale sold in Kampala
Vegetables and maize sold in Kampala.
Sweet Bananas and Bogoya from Kalangala is sold in Kampala
Gojja from around mabira forest and sesse is sold in Kampala.
Fish is sold in Kampala
Now, if the supply side in agriculture is to be fully effective and real, I mean real literary, certain precondition must be wholly insatiated.
- Post harvest mitigation measures i.e. storage capacity of surplus food stocks must be in place.
- Farmers must be guaranteed farm subsidies, to mitigate losses
- Cooperative unions must unite farmers. Bugishu, Karamoja, Buganda, Bakiga Produce Marketing Boards/ Banyankore kweterana /Bugishu coffee produces must be in place.
- Agro-processing industry must be fully functional. Diary aka sameen Corporation
- Tax regimes and non-competitive measures must be in place.
- Boost demand through internal consumption of agro products. (Uganda Foods and beverages)
- Agriculture Research (Serere, Kawanda, Nnamulonge etc.)
- Transport facilitation i.e. TransOcean, Uganda Railways or rvr(!) and Uganda Transport cooperative union.
Can you imagine post harvest waste and damage along transport routes? Mangoes season has end with tonnes of loses and the same will happen with oranges.!
Mark you all throughout the 70’s Uganda was transporting pineapples, cabbages and such to Europe using Uganda Airlines!
Which of the above a- h has nrm ever created or supported – none! Not even buying surplus produce like cereals (simsim, millet), beans, peas, maize, etc. which previous governments were doing through foods and beverages and the Produce Marketing Boards.
In a natural world, practice and intention with starting governmental supported entities (world over) is to support supply through internal demand i.e.
i. nrm run down Dairy Corporation producing ghee, creameries, milk products
ii. Textile Industries, machines sold-off by nrm functionaries
iii. Food processing i.e. grain millers sold to nrm mafia.
iv. Kawempe High Energy Biscuit factory for soldiers from cassava
v. Bugolobi coffee sold to agoa then to coffee again!!!!!!
vi. There was oil production from maize, cotton seeds, nsogasoga, cocoa etc
vii. Meat production with a factory run down by nrm revolutionally cattle keepers.
viii. Uganda bread factory
Right from the 60’s throughout the 70s the colonial state infra and supra-structures to support both agricultural supply and demand sides of agricultural production were in place.
Amin Africanised but never ever sold off anything!
a. Cotton produced was sold to ginners later sold to mulco, nyanza and nytil textiles. Cotton production boomed. Today people wear Mivumba sold on the capital city’s main street Kampala!
b. foods and beverages sold and marketed Uganda’s agricultural produce within and without.
c. Lint Market board marketed cotton products
d. Coffee beans were bought by numerous coffee processors with time these were on their way to becoming big time coffee beverages produces. The same applied to cocoa from Bugerere.
buganda must secede to save our baganda economy.
Next article is about Bukedde radio and television.