Scovia Adokorach, a farmer in Bar Ayom village in Ogole Parish, Lapul Sub County says that nearly ten of their family gardens have all been flooded following heavy rains that started falling last month.
Fr Mathew Okun Lagoro, the chairperson organizing committee for the project launch told URN in an interview Thursday that a total of 10,000 farmers have been mobilized to grow cassava in Pader district.
Father Mathew Okun Lagoro, the Chairperson Acholi Bur Parish disclosed that because of the short life span of the cassavas they were forced to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Bukoona Agro Processing Industry Limited on May 5th 2019 to buy the cassavas before it rots in the garden.
Godfrey Largo Oringa, the Pader district LC 5 Chairperson says the disputed ranch is being controversially encroached into by a section of local investors who are diverting away from the original purpose for which the ranch was given.
Philip Odong, a farmer in Laguti Sub County attributes the acute food shortage to floods that swept across the district in May and June. He explains that the floods destroyed his two acres of staple cassava gardens including beans.
The contested land with its boundaries extending into Latanya Sub County in Pader district measures 50 square miles. It was purportedly bought from 39 individuals in Lagoro, Kitgum and 63 others in Wol Sub County in present day Agago around 1968.
The signs are similar to those of Foot and Mouth Disease. However, Pader district authorities have not made a pronouncement of such an outbreak. The plague has also devastated Atanga, Lapul, Latanya and Agangura sub counties among others.
The Pader District Agriculture Officer, Peter Odongkara has confirmed receiving reports about the army worm invasion and floods from different sub counties. He however, says they are yet to determine the extent of the damage caused.
The Pader district LC5 Chairperson has been bluntly criticizing the controversial ownership of contested Aswa Ranch located in Angagura Sub-County by National Animal Genetic Resources Centre NAGRIC and the influx of Balaalo herdsmen in the area.
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu district LC V chairperson who also doubles as the coordinator Acholi chairpersons accuses government of sidelining the Pader district local government, local farmers and Veterinary officers.