of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries has supplied two excavators and a bulldozer to
Ntoroko District to dig up valley dams.
The district is prone to prolonged droughts which have affected cattle keepers
whose basic source of livelihood is livestock. Statistics from the
veterinary office indicate that at least 2000 heads of cattle die each year due
to lack of access to water.
will also be used to clear the invasive weed in the district, that has covered
over 80% of the grazing fields.
Dr. Patrick Businge the District Production Officer says the government
intervention is timely owing to the prevailing harsh condition resulting from
prolonged drought. Businge says that valley Dams will enable the district
to overcome the challenges of water scarcity for animals.
Businge also said the production office is planning to provide quality pasture
in the district ahead of the rainy season which will save animals from starvation
in the near future.
we have very many…
people get better farms//
Kasoro, the LCV Chairperson Ntoroko, says that excavation of valley dams has
commenced in Kanara and Butungama sub-counties. Excavation will also be rolled
out in Rwebisengo Town council, Rwamabale, and Rwebisengo sub-counties.
Kasoro, six valley dams will be dug in each of the sub-counties in areas
that can easily be accessed by the pastoralists.
Steven Asaba, the LCIII Chairperson Rwamabale sub-county says the invasive weed
and prolonged drought had made animal rearing a problem in the Ntoroko cattle
corridor. He however says that he is optimistic that the clearance of the
grazing fields and digging of valley dams for water points will save the
animals from death.
Now that we have…
and Butuuku area”//
According to the recent census the Ntoroko
cattle corridor has over 230,000 heads of cattle, however, due to the prolonged
dry spell seasons, the district has low milk production capacity.
In 2015, the government promised to construct concrete underground tanks in
Ntoroko District, which would store water during the wet season and provide
adequate supplies to the pastoralists during the dry spell.