Many districts in the region have experienced mild rainfall, punctuated by cold weather and a cloudy sky since Sunday. This has partially brought to an end the long weeks of scorching heatwaves as the region experiences a dry spell.
Gulu District was placed under animal quarantine by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries in September last year following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the Sub-counties of Palaro, Awach, and Paicho.
President Museveni issued a two-month eviction ultimatum in November the last year and set out key conditions for the pastoralists to meet or face eviction. The conditions required that all pastoralists fence off their grazing lands, provide private water sources, and avail to local leaders their genuine personal details, land size and location, and land sales agreements.
Christopher Opiyo Ateker, the Gulu District Chairman told URN in an interview that the District Veterinary Officer –DVO has written to the MAAIF requesting it to lift the livestock quarantine since no case of the FMD has been reported in the district for the last one month.
Nelson Mandela Odong, the Chairperson of Oroko Village, Mede Parish, Palaro Sub –County in Gulu District says the herdsmen are sneaking with their livestock at night from Lamwo District through the shallow ends of Aswa River into Palaro Sub –County through Ogwal –Agoro Parish.
Until the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in the country in March last year, the 37-year-old political scientist worked as an operations manager with an international Non-governmental organization in Kampala.
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.
According to Latek, the district has written another letter to MAAIF seeking more vaccines in order to cover the entire district, adding that the only communication they received is that their request is yet to be granted.
Jackson Lakor, the Gulu District Production Officer says that the vaccines from the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries will target cattle in the most affected areas in Palaro and Awach Sub –Counties. He says the vaccination exercise shall commence on Wednesday.
Felix Omara, the Operation Manager of Countryside Harvester, says that each of the 17 Districts in West Nile, Acholi and Lango sub region has been allocated Shillings 300 million for implementing the project.
Geoffrey Komakech, a farmer in Gulu City told URN in an interview that they petitioned the RCC after all their efforts to recover their money from Gulu District Agriculture Department failed to yield results. He says that they also handed a copy of their petition to the Gulu District Chief Administrative Officer for intervention as well.
The fruit and sewage projects worth Shillings 196 million and Shillings 946million respectively are being funded by the government through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Programme under the National Research and Innovation Programme (NRIP) for a three year period effective the financial year 2021/2022.
Michael Oneka, a farmer under Tidi –ma-myero Farmers’ Group in Bungatira Sub –County in Gulu District, says 12 of his group members paid Shillings 148,500 each totalling to Shillings 1,782,000 to Simon Lamex Ocaka, a staff of United Bank of Africa.
David Acire, the Lukodi Village LC I chairperson told URN on Thursday morning that preliminary findings indicate that the rain destroyed hundreds of acres of crop gardens belonging to 516 households and several houses.
Walter Okello, the Omel Parish LC III Councilor identified the most affected as Kuru and Akamdyang villages. He explains that unidentified thugs have been terrorizing the village over the past week stealing foodstuff, animals and poultry.
With no options due to lack of agricultural extension workers and entomologists to offer advice to the farmers over the worms in their areas, farmers in their wisdom have locally started using ash with intentions to prevent the damage of the worms on the crops as well as contain further attacks.