Kenneth Opoka the Local Chairperson for Lulai Village says that hundreds of farmers in his area have resorted to small scale farming majorly around their homesteads for fears that they may be attacked while cultivating in distant places.
Jackie Adure, a businesswoman at Gulu Main Market, says she gets her hibiscus from Kampala at 10,000 Shillings a kilogram and sells at 15,000 Shillings. However, Adure says that the sales always are very low, because few clients know it and how to consume it. She says when she buys 50 kilograms of hibiscus, it can take up to four months before it is all sold.
Kibiribiri says that the four-month-old tilapia fish had cost him over five million Shillings, and he had hoped that he would get more than 10 million Shillings in profit. He says that each of his three ponds had 5,000 fish.
Pela commodities has already started laying its machinery in the area near Soroti Fruit Factory. It is expected to handle 18 types of cereals and be able to sort, clean and dry 36 metric tonnes of cereals per hour, according to Isaiah Langa, one of the directors of Pela Commodities Limited. He adds that the plant will easily process over 600 metric tonnes of cereals in less than 24 hours.
Oryema says although they have in the past been told to plant crops such as chili, dig trenches and set up beehives near their crop gardens these haven’t helped. He says that when he visited Kenya in 2015, he saw the use electric fence and drones to chase roaming elephants also fail.
According to Dr. Ronald Bameka, the District Veterinary Officer -DVO, they relaxed the quarantine only in the town council which has no FMD case; Kyemamba, Mpummudde, Lyakajura and Kasagama sub-counties will remain quarantined as they continue assessing the FMD situation
According to residents, in Kenya there’s cheap price of maize seeds compared to the price traders are charging in Ugandan side and also avoid fake maize seeds that are being sold by traders dealing in agro-vet businesses in Ugandan side.
During her visit to the market in Friday, the Local Government State Minister, Jenifer Namuyangu asked the contractors to use the extra two more months to complete the market so that the vendors can use it.
Hellen Adoa, the Fisheries State Minister, says that MAAIF has authorized its technical team to carry out a pilot study with fishermen in the three districts to prove their claims related to the co-existence of synodontis fish and other fish species.
Minister Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja says it is prudent for the government to have the standards issue handled at a go and comprehensively, instead of tackling is sector by sector or stage by stage of the value chain.
He has also vowed to periodically publish the certified seed companies starting this month, and also the chemical inputs that are considered dangerous.
“The project has also reduced annual weather-related deaths on the lake by 30% - thus saving more than 300 lives per year, while economic benefits of the project are estimated at US$ 44 million per year,” says the study.
Beatrice Lakop, who had planted over an acre of tomatoes at the scheme built by the Water and Environment Ministry to facilitate commercial farming among vulnerable households in Gulu district told URN that all her crops were destroyed by the disease.