Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries says there is current invasion of the Quelea birds in Eastern Uganda which is affecting rice farms. The Quelea Bird also known as the red billed bird caused over 80 percent rice yield loss on average last year.
Oscar Gregg Ageca, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesman, says that Police have opened a general inquiry file Number 15/2021 to investigate circumstances under, which the hoes valued at Shillings 11.7million went missing from the stores at the finance block at Soroti city council.
The East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, Oscar Gregg Ageca says they have opened a general inquiry file GEF 13/2021, to investigate circumstances under which the consignment of 79 boxes containing 1,896 hoes went missing from Soroti Council Stores. The hoes are valued at UGX. 18,960,000.
Moses Eladu, a farmer from Obaki Village in Kamuda sub county in Soroti district says that whereas Migera has sustained his family for long, its productivity has deteriorated. He explains that the old cassava variety is now infested with white flies, rots in the garden, something he notes was exposing his household to the risk of starvation.
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.
Agricultural Ministry officials led by the Minister, Vincent Ssempijja and his junior minister in charge of agriculture, Henry Aggrey Bagiire received the equipment at Soroti Flying School grounds on Friday afternoon.
Robert Olado, one of the affected farmers in Omugenya village says that he has so far lost five head of cattle to the disease, saying there is need for urgent intervention by the government to embark on massive immunization of animals in the entire sub-county.
Museveni, in his address to the nation on Sunday, alluded that ground spraying by soldiers using hand sprayers and motorized pumps was more effective than the aerial spray. He noted that the aircraft was small and unable to work at night when the insects have settled.
Desert locusts that invaded Uganda over two weeks ago through Karamoja have been seen mostly in rural areas. But this morning, the insects invaded Soroti, the biggest town in Teso, sending many residents in disarray.
In sub-counties of Gweri, Kamuda and Soroti, a number of residents are seen screaming, drumming, blowing whistles, sounding pans and throwing stones to chase away the migratory pests which invaded the area more than a week ago.
Gen. Elwelu, speaking at the belated NRM function in Kamuda Sub County, Soroti district this afternoon said that there is no reason for anyone, especially in Teso to cry and speak about poverty. He explained that there are immense opportunities in the region, including fertile soils that can change lives better but many people, have instead opted to rally in for unproductive ventures like politics.
Mehari Tesafayohannes, the Chief Information and Forecasting Officer-DLCO-EA told local government leaders drawn from Acholi, Karamoja, Lango and Teso that the aerial spray intervention is very costly.
He explained that the current swarms of desert locusts represent a minor outlook of what is befalling the country.
Addressing different leaders drawn from Acholi, Lango, Karamoja and Teso sub regions at at Soroti University Hall this morning, Sempijja said a lot of resources have been put on the ground to combat the locusts without much success.