By Watchdog reporter
President Yoweri Museveni has warned people who plant trees and setting up fish ponds in wetlands to stop immediately since this is one way of destroying the environment.
While attending Easter service with the First Lady Janet Museveni on Sunday at St. Matthew’s Cathnedral, Kyamate in Ntugamo, Museveni said wetlands are water reservoirs, which must be conserved.
“About the environment, I want to urge people who are planting trees in wetlands/swamps and setting up fish ponds to stop,” Said Museveni.
“Wetlands are water reservoirs, they must be conserved. Any encroachment on wetlands is disastrous. If wetlands are drained where will farmers get water for irrigation? How can one light fire in a granary?” he inquired.
Museveni continued to encourage farmers to use drip irrigation.
“I continue to encourage farmers to use drip irrigation. Even as we wait for government to roll out mass irrigation, farmers can irrigate their crops with basic tools like bottles,”
“No one should let seedlings go to waste on claims of drought yet we are surrounded by water”
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