The newly established partnership is to have all religious leaders using their respective pulpits encourage their followers to take up commercial farming as an appropriate way to get rid of poverty.

Government is courting religious leaders to promote commercial farming across the country.

The newly established partnership is to have all religious leaders use their respective pulpits to encourage followers to take up commercial farming to fight poverty.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Vincent Balungaki Ssempijja, led members of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU for a study tour to several model farmers in Kalungu and Masaka districts.

The members included the IRCU chairperson also Kampala Archbishop, Doctor Cyprian Kzito Luwanga, his Church of Uganda’s counterpart Stanley Ntagali, the council’s General Secretary Joshua Kitakule, the Vicar General of the Uganda Orthodox Church Reverend Father Paul Mutaasa and the Tresurer of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Hajj Ramathan Isha.

Ssempijja says that the collaboration with the religious leaders will include sensitizing the leaders on the benefits of commercial farming, visiting successful farmers so that they promote their followers from an informed point of view.

Ssempijja also says that the Ministry of Agriculture plans to start giving agricultural inputs to the religious leaders who will distribute them to their followers.

Archbishop Lwanga says that the Catholic Church is ready to support the government in efforts to reduce poverty.

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