April 17, 2018
Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga has today toured Ngogwe sub-county in Buikwe in Kyaggwe County to witness the progress of the Emmwanyi Terimba campaign and how it has changed the people’s lives.
Mr. Mayiga started the day at Kanga village at the home of Sylivia Lule, a widow who resorted to coffee farming so as to get income in order to feed her family after the death of her husband ten years back. Mrs. Lule has yielded profits from coffee and is happy that she is able to pay school fees for her children as well as buying requirements that are needed at home.
Katikkiro proceeded to Nyemerwa village at the home of Muzeeyi Joshua Kibirige Kigoonya who utilized the ten acres by planting different types of coffee a project which has worked for him for the whole of his life. Kibirige showed Katikkiro a variety of coffee types which has helped him to harvest a seasonal basis.
From there, he headed to Lubongo village stopping at Abubakar Nsambu’s home where a staunch farmer has over 5 acres of coffee intercropped with Matooke, cassava, maize and other food crops. “I advised my fellow farmers to dig terraces in between the lines of coffee plants so that the plantation can absorb water properly from the soil”. “I regret nothing, I’m happy with farming, this should be the trend to all Ugandans, and farming is the best venture to all people in order to overcome poverty”. He added.
Katikkiro also visited Umar Kityo, a 28 year old coffee, yam and intercropped crops farmer who has three acres. Kityo sales some of his harvests to the most popular markets in Uganda, such as St. Balikuddembe, Kalerwe Market, Kibuye, Nakasero among others.
At the end of his tour, Katikkiro Mayiga held a massive rally at Ngogwe sub county headquarters where he encouraged people to venture into farming especially the youths in order to brighten their future.
He said, during the colonial era, people used to grow different types of crops which provided them with money to build beautiful houses, pay school fees, and provide health care and also maintaining the high standards of their families.
Katikkiro Mayiga was accompanied by Buganda’s minister for lands and agriculture Martin Sseremba Kasekende, his deputy Amis Kakomo, Minister for information and kingdom spokesperson Noah Kiyimba, Kabaka’s chiefs, politicians among others.
Emmwanyi Terimba campaign started a year ago purposely to promote the growing of coffee and food crops in Buganda.