March 1, 2024

Prime Minister hands over Entebbe botanical gardens to Ministry of Tourism for development into a tourist site

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Nabbanja arriving at Entebbe Botanical Gardens

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Prime minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja has today handed over the management of Entebbe Botanical gardens to the ministry of Tourism, wildlife and Antiquities for development into a modern tourist site in fulfillment of the presidential directive.

The facility, which is located in Entebbe town municipality, has been under the management of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

The Entebbe Botanical Gardens was established in 1898 by the first curator, A Whyte, close to the shores of Lake Victoria.

Nabbanja who was accompanied by Col. Tom Butime, the minister for Tourism, wildlife and Antiquities and the Minister of State Mugarra inspected the facility before handing it over.

In line with the presidential directive, the Prime Minister said the ministries of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities should work together to transform the gardens into a modern tourism site. As directed by the President, the facility will continue to perform its research and conservation functions.

Nabbanja noted that the facility was originally set up to collect plant specimens and information about their uses but now also collects plants for research and conservation. In addition to these roles, the Prime Minister said the facility should be developed and equipped to facilitate tourism promotion, education, research and recreation among others.

Nabbanja said the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities is expected to develop the plan for transforming the gardens into a tourism site while maintaining its research and conservation functions.

The minister for tourism, Wildlife and antiquities Col. Tom Butime promised to manage the gardens well and also promote co-existence of tourism and agricultural research at the same time.

The director General National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) Dr. Yona Baguma says that they are ready to work with the ministry of tourism for co-existence.

The executive director Uganda Wildlife Conservation and Education center Dr. James Musinguzi says that they have already developed a master plan to develop the area to world standards but assured the workers at the Botanical gardens that they will work together for research and tourism promotion.

Entebbe Botanical gardens was established by the British colonialists with an objective of investing in commercial agriculture and this was a testing ground for both seeds and plants for better yields.

Entebbe Botanical gardens sits on a 40 hectare piece of land and belonged to the ministry of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries before being transferred to Tourism, wildlife and Antiquities today.

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