The Abim Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Mpimbaza Ashaka has blamed the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease across the two districts to rampant theft of livestock, which escalates the spread of the disease. He asked local leaders to effectively enforce the quarantine.
In 2009, President Museveni while in Otuke district pledged to establish the stock farm in the area to be used as the livestock multiplication centre to boost government restocking program in the region.
President Museveni subsequently directed the State House controller to deliver some 200 heifers on the land but the proposal soon stalled in 2013 due to land dispute when some local residents mainly from the clan of Atek-Okwerowee rejected it.
Honey production has been changing fortunes for residents in Amudat district who initially relied heavily on cattle keeping and subsistence farming. For the last two years, production has increased thanks to support from district production office and Nabuin Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute.
Buvuma District Natural Resources Officer Gladys Nalunkuuma says that all encroachers will be expected to relocate within a month after the demarcation. She adds that a number of encroachers had settled on the land in anticipation of compensation to pave way for the oil palm project in the district championed by Vegetable Oil Development Project-VODP.
Between 60 to 90 per cent of the litter is made up of plastic from shampoos, soap, toothpaste, eyeliners, lip gloss, deodorants, sunblock sticks, as well as cigarette butts, bags, and food and beverage containers.
Walter Opira, a resident of Okora Central Village in Pangira Parish told URN in an interview over the weekend that the two weeks of heavy rains have left his garden waterlogged. Opira says he planted Sorghum on a two acres piece of land, millet on one acre and Sim sim [Sasame] on three acres, which are all rotting away.
In the wake of fresh Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the cattle corridor, the two ministries mandated to champion the fight against transboundary diseases, FMD in particular, are embroiled in a fight on who takes lead and how the cattle quarantine should be enforced.
According to Dr. John Byabashaija, the Commissioner General of Prisons, the Karenga zone supports a wide variety of crops and can often accommodate a second and third planting of quick-maturing cash crops like cotton.
On Wednesday pork dealers under their umbrella “Kabale District Pork Vendors Association converged at Dick’s Pork Joint along Kazooba road before they matched to Kabale District Headquarters to meet Darias Nandiinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner and Patrick Besigye Keihwa, Kabale LCV Chairperson.
The UPDF Marine led by Lt Col. James Nuwagaba believed the move would quickly help end illegal fishing. Two years after the Fisheries Protection Unit recorded tremendous success in the fight against illegal fishing, several leaders including Kalangala LC V chairperson, Willy Lugoloobi started calling for the return of fish smoking.
Robert Ssenyange, the Kisaalizi Parish LC III Councilor, explains that officers from the Fisheries Protection Unit soldiers raided their homes at around 2: 00am on Tuesday and assaulted them while searching for illegal fishing gears.
The money will be distributed between four groups; Lutoboka Youth Fish Cage Farming Association, Lutoboka Women Fish Cage farming group, Bugoma Youth Association and Mutambala Fishing, to start fish cages and procure fishing gear, among others, fishing boats, nets and engines.
The statement signed by Acting Executive Director of UNMA Paul Isabirye warns of flooding in urban areas ,low lying areas, mudslides in the mountainous areas and lightning strikes coupled with strong winds.
In September 2018 and March this year, residents of Nkaakwa Parish in Hapuuyo Sub County, Kyegegwa District, were hit by a hailstorm that destroyed houses and several gardens of food crops. Consequently, Asaba was asked to write to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness under the Office of the Prime Minister – OPM, for relief.