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Uganda marks 56th independence anniversary with emphasis on wealth creation

  KAMPALA, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Uganda on Tuesday marked its 56th independence anniversary with emphasis on wealth creation in households.

  President Yoweri Museveni, in an address telecast live from the central Ugandan district of Kyotera, where the national celebrations were held, said Ugandans should plant both food and cash crops to enhance family income.

  "Ugandans should shift from subsistence to modern farming, where they can also earn some income," Museveni said.

  The government would ensure that irrigation systems are set up in different parts of the country to supply constant water for mechanized farming, he added.

  "Part of the problem of subsistence farming is that people do not know that they need to not only work for food, but also to earn some money from farming," Museveni said.

  He said all homes that have three acres and more should engage in commercial agriculture.

  The president also said the country's economy is growing at 6.1 percent and expected to hit the 7 percent mark by the next financial year.

  Of all sectors in the country, he said, agriculture is still growing slowly, at 3.1 percent.

  The colorful ceremony, which included a parade for the military, police and school children, was also attended by foreign envoys accredited to Uganda.

  Uganda gained independence from British colonial rule on Oct. 9, 1962.