David Acire, the Lukodi Village LC I chairperson told URN on Thursday morning that preliminary findings indicate that the rain destroyed hundreds of acres of crop gardens belonging to 516 households and several houses.
has destroyed more than 10,000 acres of crops and several houses in Gulu
followed that heavy downpour on Wednesday downpour accompanied by strong
winds and hailstorms.
The most affected are Lukome, Lukodi, Lagot Icol,
Panyikworo, Nen Ki Tyena, Laco Anga and Ayom Pa Ranga villages in Bungatira Sub
County and parts of Owor Sub County.
It destroyed several acres of cassava, green peas, beans,
maize, soya beans, sweet potatoes, sim-sim and ground nuts gardens, which were due
for harvest in the next few weeks.
David Acire, the Lukodi Village LC I chairperson told URN on
Thursday morning that preliminary findings indicate that the rain destroyed
hundreds of acres of crop gardens belonging to 516 households and several houses.
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Acire disclosed that he also lost four acres of beans, maize, soya beans and
sweet potatoes to the destructive rain. He appealed to the government and
well-wishers to provide the farmers with food relief and seeds because of the
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Patrick Anywar, a farmer in Lagot Icol village in Bungatira
Sub County disclosed that he lost six acres of beans, cassava and maize in the
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Samuel Acire, who lost his five acres of beans, maize and cassava to the hailstorms
is equally requesting for seeds from the government for the second planting
season and food for his five-member household.
Bernard Abo, another
farmer in Lukome Parish is also pleading with the government to come to his
rescue by providing seeds, food and farm implements after losing three acres of
maize, beans and green peas to the hailstorms.
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Patrick Oola, the LC2 Chairperson of Punena Parish in Lukodi sub-county described
the situation in his area as ‘’gloomy’’. Stephen Odong Latek, the
Gulu Resident District Commissioner said that he is already aware of the
destruction, adding that a team from the commercial department is on the ground
to assess the damage before they inform the Office of the Prime Minister for
This is the second time heavy rains accompanied by hailstorms and strong winds
are destroying crop gardens in the areas within a space of one week.
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