In Summary
  • Ms Lumumba said the government has agreed to establish a desk in the ministry of finance that will handle local investors’ complaints to solve strikes.
  • “We want to listen to the business community and get feedback about the issues they face,” she said.

Kampala. The minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has told indigenous businesspeople to shift from importing goods to investing in agricultural production so as to reduce pressure on Uganda’s economy.

Mr Vincent Ssempijja said his ministry has now developed capacity to help local investors get involved in large scale agricultural production.

“I want you to shift from importing to producing agricultural products for export. We want you (local traders) to have a role in this economy. Invest in agricultural production,” Mr Ssempijja said while attending silver jubilee celebrations of Mr John Ssebalamu and Mrs Ruth Ssebalamu at Freedom City in Wakiso District.

Many local businesspeople have been reluctant to join agri-business due to poor infrastructure and high cost of power.
Mr Ssempijja said importation of goods into the country is putting a lot of pressure on the economy.

“When you invest in agriculture, you create employment and also bring in dollars into the country,” he said.

The secretary general of the National Resistance Movement party, Ms Justine Lumumba, said Mr Ssebalamu’s family entry into the agricultural business, especially value addition, will lead to employment of people.

“When you invest in agriculture, you are now helping the ordinary people in the villages who are your customers,” Ms Lumumba said.
Ms Lumumba said the government has agreed to establish a desk in the ministry of finance that will handle local investors’ complaints to solve strikes.

“We want to listen to the business community and get feedback about the issues they face,” she said.

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