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.
Christopher Balmoi Omara, the Gulu City Engineer told URN in an interview that most public and private infrastructures in Gulu City as well as other parts of the country do not last long due to the lack of quality designs, and poor constructions materials, and insufficient supervision.
Evelyn Mukonyezi, the Gulu City Senior Physical Planner revealed that the new Physical Development Plan is more detailed than the current plan and has catered for the different land uses like Industrial Parks, airports, cemeteries, forest reserves, high and medium density residential, urban agriculture, bus parks, and terminals, among others.
Prof. Echodu of Gulu University told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Monday that the innovation is in response to the risk tsetse flies pose to livestock and humans, especially in areas surrounded near national parks.
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.
Juliet Adoch, the Director of Wise Women Uganda says that they target to plant over 36 indigenous tree species such as Afzelia Africana, Prunus Africana, Shea, Caya Afzelia, Vertex Donania, Ghanaians Gardenia, Balinse Ejetica, Violet tree, and Imperialis among others in the first phase.
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.
Tekakwo says that they are currently rationing water in the high altitude areas to ensure a steady supply of water as the engineers work on a rationing schedule for the greater city areas affected by the intermittent water supply.
Researchers from the Gulu University say that the destruction of natural tree species especially in Northern Uganda is a big blow to the herbal medicine research department whose biggest scientific breakthrough is the rich biodiversity.
Lucy Akech, the LC I of Ogony Cell in Kweyo Ward, says that the waste from the abattoir flows straight to Ogony stream where residents fetch water for domestic use since there is no borehole or piped water in the area.