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Karimojong Farmers Sell Off Farm Tools as Scrap to Buy Food

Mark Teko one of the farmers who was selling off his plough at Kaabong town council told URN that it was useless for him to keep the plough without bulls to use it with
24 Jun 2022 17:32
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The current hunger situation in Karamoja region has reached level in living memory, as it is now forcing farmers to sell off the very tools they depend on, including the recently distributed oxen ploughs.

Early this year the office of the prime minister distributed hand hoes and oxen ploughs to families in the region to boost agriculture, however many farmers are selling off the inputs as scrap metal as to raise money for buying food.

On Friday, URN come across some farmers in Kaabong selling off oxen ploughs as scrap at 30,000 Shillings yet on the market these oxen ploughs cost from 130,000 to 200,000 Shillings.

Mark Teko, one of the farmers who was selling his at Kaabong town council told URN that it was useless for him to keep the plough without bulls to be used yet he's hungry.

"It was donated but I don't have bulls for ploughing because all the animals I had have been raided, so how can I keep the hoe in my house when am hungry?" he asked.

Agness Moru another farmer in Kotido district said she also sold three hand hoes given to her three months go by Operation Wealth Creation.

"With this insecurity and sunshine which wealth can we create to be honest?" she asked. "People are not even able to go to their gardens because of insecurity."

Mr.Jino Meri the district chairperson Kaabong district said the situation is worse and appealed the government to rescue the region with relief food distribution.

Paul Lokol the LCV chairperson Nabilatuk  District said many families can now hardly afford a meal. 

"Our offices are always full people coming crying of hunger yet we can't do much to support them," he said.

This not the first time hunger is hitting Karamoja region, as every year the region always faces hunger due to erratic rainfall.end

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