By Innocent Atuganyira
The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities handed over a fully-fledged structure worth 200 million shillings to Boomu Women’s Group, located in Kigaragara village, Labongo Sub County, Masindi district.
While handing over the structure on Tuesday dubbed Boomu Women’s Handcraft Production Centre, Basil Ajer, the director of wildlife and antiquities at the Ministry of Tourism’s head of technical operations, noted that the tourism industry has boosted the country’s revenue collection.
In 2022, the tourism industry contributed 2.7 trillion shillings to the country’s economy.
According to Ajer, the handcraft industry has been timely in contributing to the diversification of tourism products in the country, and he thus commended the Boomu Women’s Group for the great job they are doing to promote tourism.
He also asked the members to make good use of the structure and produce high-quality products to compete at the national and intentional level
Emmanuel Awiyo, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Masindi district, commended the government through the Ministry of Tourism for considering Masindi and for the support they have rendered to Boomu Women’s Group.
He therefore pledged support for the group members to move forward, noting that they will find a way to support the group through other government programs.
Owiyo also noted that there is a need to enhance the market for the products locally, nationally, and internationally to boost revenue and household income.
The Masindi district tourism officer, Ritah Karungi, noted that since the ministry has equipped the facility with all the equipment, they will use it to skill the youth, women, and men in the district.
Ednah Byabali, the manager of Boomu Women’s Group commended the ministry for considering them and handing over the structure pledging that they make good use of the structure and produce more products than before.
Byabali, however, highlighted the challenges they are experiencing, like a lack of water, electricity, and transport for the products to the exhibition centers.