More than 300 acres of crop gardens have been destroyed since June following persistent elephant incursions in the villages of Lotor, Wipol, Akadojwat, Lamingonen, Umgot, Tikao, and Toboi in Gule Parish. Other farmlands were destroyed by the elephants in Lungayura and Lolwa Parishes.
The government has sent food aid to 699 locals from three parishes in Orom
Sub-county in Kitgum District, whose crops were destroyed by stray elephants from Kidepo
Valley National Park.
The relief food aid delivered in
Kitgum District through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) was distributed
to the affected locals in Toboi village in Gule Parish following an outcry from locals over looming hunger. The food includes 7,000 Kilograms of
maize flour and 3,000 kilograms of beans.
More than 300 acres of crop
gardens have been destroyed since June following persistent elephant incursions
in the villages of Lotor, Wipol, Akadojwat, Lamingonen, Umgot, Tikao, and Toboi
in Gule Parish. Other farmlands were destroyed by the elephants in Lungayura
and Lolwa Parishes.
John Oloya, a farmer in Tikao village
says he lost three acres of maize, finger millet, and sunflower to the
elephants that have consistently been passing through his farm in the past one
week. Oloya says the destruction has left him with
no food to feed his family of 12 children.
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Denis Ojara, the LCI Chairperson
of Tikao village told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the elephants
caused great devastation to farmlands which threatened food security in the
community. Ojara says most of the locals in
the affected community are farmers who solely rely on agriculture to support
He says the food relief donated
to the affected locals is a good gesture towards the plight of the locals
but added that more is needed from the government to compensate those who have lost their properties to elephants.
“Our people are grateful for the
food but what we want next is that UWA should consider meeting our demand for
compensation for the damages by the elephants since the wildlife crossed to
human settlement.” says Ojara.
Margaret Lamwaka, the Chua East
member of Parliament lauded the government for the relief aid delivery to the
community affected by the wildlife.
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Lamwaka, however, says UWA should
make a commitment to compensate the affected persons whose crops were destroyed citing
the locals were far away from the conservation area.
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But Samuel Amanya, the Chief
Warden of Kidepo Valley National Park told URN in a telephone interview that the locals have encroached on the animal corridor, and that the said area was gazetted for wildlife conservation in the 1960s and later
resized in 2003.