Tobacco farming makes comeback in Kanungu

Tobacco farming makes comeback in Kanungu

Giving up smoking is tough, but quitting the tobacco industry may prove even harder. The government has waged a very public war against smoking. Billion-shillings lawsuits, in-your-face anti-smoking campaigns and rigid marketing restrictions have reduced the number of smokers in Uganda. But there remained one glaring incongruity with its policy: allowing farmers to grow tobacco […]

Uncertainty as GMO bills return to Parliament

Uncertainty as GMO bills return to Parliament

Plenary has resumed today after a month in recess with Members of Parliament discussing, among other things, the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, popularly known as the GMO bills which was tossed around by the last House.   During the last Parliament, the bill had faced a “long, hard and incremental effort” in bringing them […]

VIDEO: Museveni uses bicycle to fetch water

VIDEO: Museveni uses bicycle to fetch water

These new photos of President Museveni, pushing a bicycle with a yellow jerrycan full of water, have raised questions – such as whether the cowboy hat-wearing leader was pulling off another cheap publicity stunt or was fitting in with his new neighbours in Kawuku Luwero where he recently bought a farm and plans to build […]

Museveni cozies up to Luweero villagers

Museveni cozies up to Luweero villagers

On day two of his 96-hour tour of Luweero Triangle, President Museveni interacted and shared poverty eradication tips with families that helped him during NRA’s five-year war to capture state power from 1980-86. Before beginning the camp on Saturday, Museveni addressed a rally at Kikunyu, Makulubita Sub County where he swore to use all the […]

Giving land to refugees ‘contributes to Uganda economy’

Giving land to refugees ‘contributes to Uganda economy’

In the photo, two Kenyan refugees tilling their land at Kiryandongo refugee camp When the Ugandan government gave plots of land to refugees, up to Ushs 748000 ($220) was generated annually per plot for the local economy, a study by the World Food Programme and the University of California, Davis, has found. Money went back […]

Uganda coffee exports drop for third year

Uganda coffee exports drop for third year

NOTE: July 2015 to June 2016 exports totalled 3.56 million bags worth $352 million (Shs1.1 trillion) Crane Bank Ltd. and a collection of other financial firms are not the only Ugandan sectors having a strange existence this year. Coffee farmers in the highland areas on the slopes of Mount Elgon in the East and Mt. […]

Umeme, Nature Uganda in afforestation drive

Umeme, Nature Uganda in afforestation drive

Only 2% of the 16% of the population on the grid use it for cooking Power giants Umeme Ltd have started a tree planting drive that will look to protect Uganda’s endangered forest cover. The event organized in conjunction with Nature Uganda was graced by the area Member of Parliament, Mukono south, Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga, […]

Uganda registers strong raise in annual crop inflation

Uganda registers strong raise in annual crop inflation

Bank of Uganda has reported drastic raise in Annual crop inflation in the last three months. Prices of food have risen, growing inflation rate. Uganda’s rising food prices and the effects of exchange rate depreciation have pushed up the cost of living in the last three month according to Bank of Uganda. This comes at […]

Beware Kampala, 12 hours of no water tomorrow

Beware Kampala, 12 hours of no water tomorrow

Make sure that you start filling up buckets, much of Kampala is expected to start being affected by a one-day long water cut starting in the morning hours of Thursday, September 15. So why is the tap going to run dry?  The interruption is meant to ‘facilitate the maintenance and rehabilitation’ works of National Water and […]