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Farmers Dash to Plant Crops :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Farmers Dash to Plant Crops

James Elaso, a father of four children in Tubur Sub County in Soroti district, says the early rains are a sigh of relief to residents. According to Elaso, he is considering planting an acre of beans and millet to save his family from the food crisis.

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Farmers in Soroti district have taken advantage of the early rains to plant crops. This is the latest attempt by residents to save themselves from the biting food crisis resulting from the long dry spell that ravaged the region in the past two seasons.

Following the recent down pour, farmers have taken to their gardens to plant fast maturing crops such as beans, maize, cowpeas and vegetables. Some of the farmers are busing clearing their gardens in preparation for planting.  

45-year-old Desdario Owurum, a resident of Amen village, Agora parish is excited about the early rain. The father of six says he has already planted millet and is waiting for additional rain to plant groundnuts.

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James Elaso, a father of four children in Tubur Sub County in Soroti district, says the early rains are a sigh of relief to residents. According to Elaso, he is considering planting an acre of beans and millet to save his family from the food crisis.

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Calvin Elenyu, the Soroti District Health and Education Secretary has urged farmers to take on fast maturing crops.

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He however, says that although the rains have started, the district will continue battling food shortage for the next four months.

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Dr. Joseph Eyudu, the Soroti District Agricultural Officer has asked the farmers to plant crops that require little rain as they continue monitoring the situation. Soroti, Katakwi, Bukedea, Ngora, Kumi Serere are among the district most affected by drought in Teso Sub region.

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