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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc