John Bosco Akore, the Secretary of Kotido Elders Council said they resolved to acquire 200 acres of land from the fourteen clans within Kotido district for joint farming. He says that they are optimistic that they will reap big from the harvest.
Peter Loruk, a farmer in Panyangara sub county kotido district says although the armyworms haven’t destroyed anything yet, he’s worried of planting the only available seeds in the garden because the pest may destroy it yet he doesn’t have any reserve seeds.
So far, six out of nine districts making up the Karamoja sub region have had locusts. Throughout the day on Tuesday, the locusts were only seen in Kobebe Dam, Lotisan Sub County. The Kobebe swarm is said to have moved from Nakabaat, where the locusts first invaded on Sunday.
The cattle market facility is expected to contain among others; offices for local government personnel, revenue collectors, veterinary doctors and other assorted services for the cattle sellers including paddocks for systematic trade.
In a letter dated October 11th and written by Dr Kiconco Doris, the Commissioner Animal Health in the Ministry of Health, the quarantine will prohibit the sale, purchase, and restrict the movement of cattle, goats, sheep and pigs as well as their products.
Martin Lopira, the head of Warrior Squad, a Kotido-based non-governmental organization at the forefront of rehabilitating former warriors, says cattle raids have reduced significantly, with cattle thefts for the market taking its place.
Samuel Lokwii, a farmer in Panyangara Sub County says all his three gardens of sorghum have remained stunted even after replanting thrice. Lokwii is worried that severe famine could strike, following poor growth of the crops.
The consignment follows a request in May, by the Chief Administrative Officer for relief food to support 26,000 households in the district for a period of four months, when this years harvest is expected.
The Office of the Prime Minister has suspended the tractor scheme for Karamoja sub region effective next financial year. Karamoja Affairs Minister Janet Museveni says the scheme, worth over 20 billion shillings, has been mismanaged. She apologized to the beneficiaries saying the government will soon come up with a new alternative.