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UPDATED: 10:36, October 17, 2004
Ugandan president calls for improvement of people's health
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Saturday challenged district leaders as well as district agricultural and health officers of Uganda to educate the public on what type of food to grow and eat to improve their health and household incomes.

Museveni made the call when addressing the officials at a rally to mark this year's World Food Day in the western district of Kasese, according to a press release from the State House.

This year's World Food Day, which falls on Oct. 16, was marked with the theme of "Bio-diversity for Food Security."

Museveni attributed the fact that as high as 39 percent of Ugandans have no enough food to lack of information on what nutritious food to grow and eat.

The president said that his government had implemented its strategic agricultural policy of promoting scientific research that has so far produced improved seeds, livestock and poultry among others.

He urged the district leaders and agricultural officers to sensitize Ugandan farmers on the availability of these opportunities at research stations.

Museveni also called on his countrymen to learn improved agro-farming methods for better yields to effectively eradicate hunger and poverty among the population.

He announced that apart from the existing internal market, the government had also secured big regional and international markets for Ugandan products.

Speaking at the rally, representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization in Uganda Ajmal Qureshi reassured Museveni and the people of Uganda of continued support in their endeavor to eradicate poverty and secure food supply.

Source: Xinhua


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