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Hailstorm Destroys 1000 Acres of Crop Garden in Gulu

Richard Watmon, the Paibona Sub County LC III Chairperson told URN on Sunday that they are yet to document the destruction caused by the hailstorm. Last month, heavy rains also destroyed several acres of crops in Palaro and Pabbo Sub Counties in Gulu and Amuru districts respectively.

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Hailstorm has left a huge trail of destruction in Gulu district leaving hundreds of farmers counting losses. Over 1000 acres of crop gardens including simsim, cassava, groundnuts and soya bean were razed to the ground following an overnight down pour on Saturday that was accompanied by the hailstorm. 


The most affected are farmers in Gem, Acut Omer and Oloyo Juu villages. Patrick Oryema, a farmer from Oloyo Juu told URN on Sunday morning that he lost three acres of simsim to the hailstorm.  Yolam Odwar, another farmer from Acut Omer also lost three acres of simsim and a half-acre of cassava.   

He says the crops had already flourished and were ready for harvest in one or two months’ time.  Omol Okot, a farmer from Gem village lost one acre of groundnuts and cassava respectively.  He appeals to Paibona Sub County authorities to come to their rescue and provide them with food, saying they are likely to starve. 

Richard Watmon, the Paibona Sub County LC III Chairperson told URN on Sunday that they are yet to document the destruction caused by the hailstorm. Last month, heavy rains also destroyed several acres of crops in Palaro and Pabbo Sub Counties in Gulu and Amuru districts respectively.   

Godfrey Mujuni, the Uganda National Meteorological Authorities-UNMA Data Service Manager, says the country will experience less rainfall in November and December.  He appeals to farmers to always monitor weather and climate changes through the newly developed Weather Information Dissemination System (WIDS) to plan better and avoid destruction related to weather changes.

Mary Nsabagwa, at Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information and Communication Technology at Gulu University, says the application is accessible on phones via the internet.

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