Uganda, Jan 19 – Poverty level has avidly hampered the progress of states. The economic prowess has been drained by a bevy of opportunities birthed by poverty level in the regional sector. It has been a huge task to completely eradicate the core issue of poverty from the society with the rapid dynamics of change.
Uganda suffered a major blow in the beginning of 2017 and part of 2016, with a prolonged drought that hurt their economic backbone, the agriculture sector. It had been a tough time for the country as it has been the only pillar highly depended on to feed the citizens and a livelihood for many.
Farmers were affected as their crops destroyed with the natural cause and the invasion of the armyworm pest, finalizing the destruction process. Food security became a problem and the Government had to import food from neighbouring states to sustain the lives of their citizens, shuttering the economy of the country.
With the depletion of resources and the entrance of debts, the poverty level rose to 21% but with the Northern part of the country experiencing less of the change. The Parliament seeks to make changes to better the economy of the country this year by creating employment for the available labour and workforce not yet tapped.
The rural areas continue to be less industrialized with dense population that has not secured a generating income activity yet, despite farming. Low income status that triggered the capita per household to remain low hence contributing less in the country’s GDP. With new investments coming into play, the income level should slightly rise for a stabilized economy.
Literacy level has closed doors for many Ugandans hence continue to be more reliable and dependent on other sources. Despite this, the entrepreneurial culture should be encouraged to further the economy of the state. Jua kali jobs and other non-educational but income generating activities for survival and sustainability could be encouraged in the meantime.
Urban areas face a major task with high population density yet high rate of unemployment due to competition. A number of citizens feel at ease while living in the city with a hope of a miracle door to open soon. Industries have felt more obligated to fetch market from the urban region due to the population and end up congesting industries, businesses and companies.
While major projects can take place in less populated regions, a small percentage is ready to move to the rural areas to begin businesses and offer labor force. This has limited the growth of such regions with great repercussions on the general outlook and performance of the country’s prowess.