Last month, Chinese Investors trading as Zhong Industries Limited, formally applied to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries for permission to use aerial spray methods to kill Quelea pest-birds, which they say are a big disaster to their rice plantation project in Lwera.
Human-wildlife conflict in the district has lasted for over two decades as elephants invade community settlements, and destroy both staple and cash crops. The affected areas include Sub-Counties of Lungulu, Lii, Got-Apwoyo, Purongo, Anaka, Alero and Kochgoma.
In his circular, Kyomukama said that during the visits by Minister and State Ministers of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, and Fisheries, the farmers and local leaders raised concerns about the non-performance of agricultural extension officers in the districts.
Ola Hallgren, the Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden said that the program is aimed at increasing critical needs to address Uganda’s energy needs and services in agriculture and the environment.
Ssentumbwe says the ministry will liaise with police to ensure professionals are manning the drugshops and also prescribing animal drugs across the country, not just in Kampala where operations have been carried out so far this year.
Mugumya further explains that MAAIF engaged a consultant three years ago to conduct a feasibility study on the lake. Mugumya says that the consultant visited the district and conducted the study but he has never returned since and the ministry of agriculture has never given them feedback about the proposed restocking of the lake.
Maruzi land measuring approximately 64 square kilometres has been home to more than 1,500 squatters since 1995. In 2019, the government leased 54 square miles of the Ranch land for 50 years to Hill Side Agricultural Investment limited for the establishment of Palm Oil production. However, some residents surrounding the project site are accusing the investor of encroaching into their land.
Morris Ogwal, a farmer from Ogwete sub county in Otuke district is disappointed that after spending a lot of money on pesticides to manage his tomatoes, the prices has dropped and there are very few buyers.
Uganda is ranked 15th globally and first in Africa among countries most affected by natural disasters, according to a report by Statistica.com, in which Uganda is listed as a country prone to floods, landslides, droughts, locusts, windstorms, hailstorms and lightning. While the report notes that there were no earthquakes in Uganda, the country is hugely vulnerable.
The Minister was in the district to interact with the communities of Got-Apwoyo, Purongo, and Lii Sub-Counties whose livelihoods have been affected by the marauding elephants from the Murchison Falls National Park.
Suzan Kabasindi, the Kikuube Town council female Councillor, says that the supplier delivered the cuttings at the end of the planting season. She explains that given the unstable weather conditions in the district, such inputs should be brought in the first planting season to avoid uncertainty for the farmers.
Members of the cooperative are pushing for the prosecution of David Lukwata, accusing him of financial loss through alleged collusion and other maladministration practices. Lukwata’s problems stem from an external audit conducted by Dickson Associate Auditors, which unearthed irregularities in the management of the cooperative’s finances.
Through their lawyer Oyet and Company Advocates, the pastoralists have filed a civil suit at Gulu High Court seeking redress against a decision reached by the leaders on October 21. They argue that the decision to forcefully evict them from Palabek County was illegal and a violation of their rights.
Mary Ayaa, the Manager of The Cultural Hub in Gulu City that trades in locally processed mango juice told URN that the strange disease has attacked five mango trees in their gardens, destroying almost all their fruits.
Joshua Kananura, the Rakai District Police Commander, says that fishermen and the police managed to retrieve the bodies and took them for postmortem before handing them over to the deceased’s respective homes.
During the meeting, Ronald Ahimbisibwe, the Principal Certification Officer and Head Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development at UNBS explained they briefed the association leaders early this year on the requirements and they were expected to send the message to their members.
According to residents, an unspecified number of Rwandan nationals from
Gisuru village in Nyagatare district, Nothern Province illegally crossed into the area early this year and grabbed two hectares of land on Kyaninanuunu hill in Rukore village, Kahondo parish, five kilometers inside Uganda’s territory.