Nabbanja hails Mubende expo, queries PDM functionality

Uganda's Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, at the Expo in Mubende District today (Tuesday), August 22, 2023.

Uganda’s Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja has described the agricultural exhibitions in Greater Mubende districts of Mityana, Mubende, Kassanda, Kiboga and Kyankwanzi as successful and very beneficial to farmers.

The exhibition was organised by the Office of the Prime Minister in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal, Industry and Fisheries with partner agencies as advised by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

During the review meeting at her office in Kampala today (Tuesday), Ms Nabbanja said such expos are long overdue because farmers have been yearning for both genuine inputs and technical knowledge to improve production.

According to her, the whole government approach is good because expos address all concerns of the public at the same time.

The premier also noted that during the expos it was discovered with concern that some banks are stuck with people’s money meant for the Parish Development Model (PDM).

Several services were offered to the people during the expo ranging from health, agricultural extension to registration for the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA).

Dr John Omagino, the Executive Director for the Uganda Heart Institute, said that 147 of 436 people who registered and approached their stalls were suffering from hypertension as per the results from the health department.

To him, the problem of hypertension has spread to rural areas.

Dr Omagino proposed that the government should come up with a special policy that can help to address the increasing challenge of non-communicable diseases in the country.

At the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services’ stall, 712 of the 1,321 people who visited their expo them donated blood.

The Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms Judith Nabakooba, said they had picked several issues relating to land that they will follow up.

The State Minister for Agriculture, Maj. (Rtd) Bwino Kyakulaga, said the agricultural exhibition was timely with the start of the planting season.

Next on the programme is the Greater Luwero districts of Luwero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola for a similar expo slated for 8th to 10th next month (September).

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