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Busoga to embark on exploiting minerals

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By ABUBAKER KIRUNDA

Posted  Thursday, January 2  2014 at  02:00

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Lands minister Daudi Migereko said the decision was part of a consensus reached during an October 16 meeting held in Jinja District and attended by MPs, Resident District Commissioners, Local Council leaders and Chief Administrative Officers in the region.

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JINJA- Stakeholders in Busoga region have resolved to diversify economic activity in the region in 2014 with emphasis being placed on exploitation of the region’s mineral wealth.
Lands minister Daudi Migereko said the decision was part of a consensus reached during an October 16 meeting held in Jinja District and attended by MPs, Resident District Commissioners, Local Council leaders and Chief Administrative Officers in the region.

Speaking in Jinja at the weekend, Mr Migereko, who is also the Butembe County MP, said recent geological surveys revealed that Busoga is endowed with many minerals, including gold and uranium which have been discovered in Bugiri and Mayuge districts respectively.

“Busoga is sitting on very many rare earth minerals which we hope to exploit with effect from next year so that people can get jobs and increase household incomes as mining starts,” he said.

He said the meeting also resolved to encourage nurturing the spirit of hard work and the participation of locals in mining projects. He advised people, especially the youth, to stop politicking and engage in meaningful economic activities, saying it is the only way the region can benefit from any development initiatives.

Also in the pipeline is the opening of an agricultural demonstration centre at Ikulwe government farm in Mayuge where farmers from the region can go to learn modern trends in agriculture.
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