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.
Hundreds of farmers in Lokung Sub County in
Lamwo District are counting losses after two week long rains that left their
The floods affected farmers operating in Adodi, a fertile hilly community farmland lying between Palabake Kal and
Lokung Sub counties at the extreme end of the Uganda-South Sudan border.
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 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
Opira notes that he spent Shillings 1.6 million
on buying seeds and hiring oxen to plough the garden, adding that he is
uncertain of getting back the money he injected in farming.
According to Opira, he had hoped to use proceeds
from the sale of his harvest to pay to tuition for his children next year and
buy his own oxen.
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Ronald Oweka, another farmer from Pangira Parish,
says he equally lost his sesame crops on a two acres garden in Adodi. He
says the whole garden has water logged for more than a week, now adding that
the crops have turned yellowish.
Oweka says he used Shillings 300,000 shillings to open the
land with hopes of getting about Shillings 2 million in profit.
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The Lokung Sub County LC 3 Chairperson, Joachim
Ocan says there is looming hunger in his area following heavy rains that have
been pouring since early August this year destroying many gardens.
says crops such as maize and beans planted this second season haven’t survived
the harsh weather. Ocan advised residents in the area against
selling their harvest from the first farming season in bulk, saying they should
store more to avert famine next year.
He also says they are worried of
high food prices in the district owing to limited supply of produce. The Uganda National Meteorological Authority
(UNMA) early last month issued an alert indicating that most parts of Uganda
will receive heavy rainfall between October 26 to October 30, 2019.