Godfrey Wokorach of Gulu University, who is among the research team and part of the movement told URN on Wednesday that some of the best practices are thorough drying of cereals, timely harvest, avoiding intercropping of similar crop varieties, practicing crop rotation, using improved seeds, early preparation, and good storage.
Johnson Obalim, a farmer in Oroko village, Palaro Sub-county, one of the areas that registered poor harvest due to prolonged dry spell says he isn’t interested in farming this season because of the losses he suffered previously.
Uganda has experienced one of the worst droughts this year, greatly affecting all agricultural activities and output. Refugees who ventured into agriculture to supplement the food ration they receive while in the settlements were equally not spared, a situation that has since triggered a dire food crisis.
Philip Polly Okin Ojara, the Chua West legislator told journalists at a press briefing on Monday in Gulu City that it was unwise for the government to keep injecting money into a venture that is not bringing in any returns.
Rwot Odong Lira II, the Cultural leader of Lira Palwo Chiefdom told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that there is a need to turn to the traditional practices to summon the gods for rain owing to the long dry spell.
The region hasn’t received adequate rainfall for more than a month now, leaving many farmers distraught as their crops waste away. The crops mainly affected include maize, rice, beans, and groundnuts that were planted in the first farming season.
According to Anywar, with the rollout of the government’s initiative aimed at alleviating poverty, beneficiaries who have taken up agriculture must consider value addition in order to address household poverty.
The farmers from Paicho and Palaro Sub Counties say that the wildcats suspected to be hyenas, leopards, or wild dogs have killed and feasted on at least seven cows, three sheep, and fourteen goats in less than two weeks.
Dr. Amina Hersi Moghe, the Chief Executive Officer of Horyal Investments Holding Company Ltd, the entity behind Atiak Sugar Factory on Monday confirmed the closure of the factory in an interview with URN but noted it was temporary.
Gulu University Vice-Chancellor Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah, says that they are looking at finding the cheapest source of green charcoal as an alternative to black charcoal consumption, which has contributed to the depletion of trees.
The report shows that despite somewhat favorable rains in late April, cumulative rainfall remains significantly below average in the two regions with cumulative rainfall deficits totaling 50 to 100 mm or more.
Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) predicts the onset of the seasonal rainfall is expected to progressively extend to Northern Uganda around mid-March to April. The forecast has since prompted many farmers to start clearing bushes and plowing their gardens, ending nearly five months of a farming break.
Now, Stephen Odong Latek, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner and head of the District Security Committees, says that the condition to fence off all grazing lands has now been extended to all cattle farmers.
However, Mao who promised to write to the President about the matter says that these are not solutions to the Acholi problems because the Acholi people are hungry, poor and looking after land as their means of survival.
Brig. Geoffrey Kigozi, the outgoing Zone A commander, who has been overseeing the eviction in Amuru District, says despite the fact that all pastoralists left the government land in Lakang, the majority of them are still in the neighbouring villages.
For more than a decade, Private ginners under their umbrella body Uganda Ginners and Cotton Exporters Association (UGCEA), have been largely supporting cotton production activities through funds voluntarily pooled by its members.