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Elephants Destroy 50 Acres of Crops in Agago District

John Bosco Oloya, the LCV Councilor Omiya Pachwa sub-county, said that 15 elephants again invaded three villages of Kato, coo-odong, and Coo-odong North in Lujim parish on Monday and destroyed at least 50 acres of crops.
10 Aug 2022 08:27

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More than 50 acres of crops in Agago District have been destroyed by marauding elephants.

The group of more than 10 elephants invaded the area last week and destroyed acres of crop gardens in the villages of Morulem, Kicok and Lamica in Lojim parish, Omiya Pachwa sub-county.

John Bosco Oloya, the LCV Councilor Omiya Pachwa sub-county, said that 15 elephants again invaded three villages of Kato, coo-odong, and Coo-odong North in Lujim parish on Monday and destroyed at least 50 acres of crops.  

 

Oloya estimates that the destruction by elephants of crops such as sunflower, maize, simsim, millet, sorghum, and soybeans is worth about 40 million shillings.  

//Cue in: “Dul lyec ma…

Cue out: …cen I Kidepo.”//

Translation:   A group of more than 15 animals that came from Kidepo Valley National Game Park caused destruction to crops in Lojim Parish, especially in the villages of Kato, Coo dong, and Coodong North. More than 50 acres of crops, estimated at more than 40 million shillings were destroyed. The most affected crops are sunflowers, simsim, maize, sorghum, millet, and soybeans. People experienced famine due to the prolonged drought and attacks by Karamojong made many not plant crops. So when the rains returned, people planted many crops, and unfortunately, the elephants destroyed them again. Therefore, I am appealing to the officials at UWA, the chief warden of Kidepo, to ensure that the elephants to driven back to the park.   

He says that the leaders are compiling the number of acres destroyed so that it is forwarded to the production department for further action. 

//Cue in: “We have sent…”

Cue out: … the district level.”//   

Christine Layet, one of the farmers in Kato village, Lojim Parish, says the elephants destroyed five acres of her crops which included maize, millet, and cassava. She said her neighbors also lost crops ranging from 5-8 acres.

Layet said after the drought, she had hope of getting a reasonable yield, but the elephants left no crop standing.

 

//Cue in: “Lyec ocamo gangway…”

 

Cue out: …wa nyige acel.”//

Deodato Odwar, the sub-county of Omiya Pachwa sub-county said they are yet to count the number of acres destroyed.   

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.just crying in their gardens.”// 

Leonard Ojok, the LCVB Chairperson Agago, says he needs to visit the gardens destroyed by the elephants together with other Stakeholders and know the exact number of people that have been affected.

//Cue in: “Dano ogoyo oduru…

Cue out: …me konyo gi.”//

Ojok revealed that last month, the marauding buffalos also destroyed crops in Kaket Parish in Lapono sub-county and Lapyem and Labwa parishes in Adilang sub-county.

//Cue in: “dano ogoyo oduru…” 

Cue out: ….tye me konyogi.”//

Ojok said the attacks by stray animals are compounding the food insecurity caused by Karamojong warriors and erratic weather.

//Cue in: “Ikare eni ma…”

Cue out: …tye ka mede.”//

Ojok however said the officials from UWA are yet to compensate the victims of the stray buffaloes.