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Submitted by Ronald Lumu on
The government lacks the will to invest in the agricultural sector, despite all statistics showing that over 80% of the population depend on it. In 1986 when they came to power through the Gun, there was a vibrant coperative movement that played a major role in empowering farmers, helping out to mechanise extensively and bridging the production, transportation, marketing and selling of the produce. The railway was operational, connecting different areas and providing the cheapest means of transport for farmers' produce. Cooperative societies ignited self motivation among grassroot farmers, they were a source of farming advice, financing, mechanisation, marketing, price control, transportation, research, etc. Community participation in meaningful agricultural practices was lost when cooperative societies were closed. The corruption that has engulfed all the sectors in the Ugandan economy has left the poor farmers at the mercy of the capitalists who aim at maximising their profits. Farmers have no access to cheap loans, since all government commercial banks were privatised under mysterious circumstances - Cooperative Bank, Uganda Commercial Bank, etc. This has pushed the prime lending rate to over 27%. Uganda is Home to two biggest fresh water sources in the world; River Nile, and Lake Victoria, and a good weather that supports agricultural activities year round. However, there is no single irrigation scheme in the country, and children are dying of malnutrition.