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Ntoroko Pastoralists Demand Gov't Intervention As Floods Ravage District

The cattle keepers and area leaders express fears that the floods continue to submerge their farms and cattle keeping, the major economic activity in the district, is under threat.
Floods have devastated a number of areas in Ntoroko affecting animal grazing

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Cattle keepers in Ntoroko district are seeking government intervention over the persistent floods in the district.

Renewed floods hit the district after River Semliki burst its banks leaving over 600 people from more than 10 villages homeless.  The affected areas are Budiba, Masojo, Kyobe, Masaka, Karugaju, Kayanja 2 and 3and Rukora.

The cattle keepers and leaders are concerned that the floods continue to submerge their farms and cattle keeping, which is the major economic activity in the district, is under threat.  

 

They want the government to allocate them part of the Tooro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve for temporary settlement and grazing of their animals.

   

Patrick Businge, the Ntoroko District Production Officer says from past experience, the government should support the district and put up a holding ground where farmers can keep their animals until the water subdues.  

He adds that a number of animals are starting to get infections due to water submerging the grazing grounds.

//Cue in: “Nga district tetwina…   

Cue out: …ne subi rigenda kubula.”//  

William Kasoro, the LCV Chairperson says farmers who rush to sell their animals before they starve to death are given little money thus impacting their families. He notes that there is a need for government to give the district special consideration because they depend largely on cattle keeping.

//Cue in: “Kakati ente zino… 

Cue out: …tezikyaina manyi.”//

Paul Asiimwe a pastoralist says milk production has significantly dropped because the animals no longer have enough pastures to feed on.  He explains that he was collecting more than 20 liters of milk per day but currently, he gets less than 15 liters from the same herd. 

 //Cue in: “Before water came…

 Cue out: …to help us.”//   

In 2020, cattle keepers in Ntoroko under their umbrella, Butuku Cattle Marketing Cooperative Society – BCMCS, asked the government to make interventions to safeguard their animals from dying whenever it floods. They had lost more than 200 cattle as an effect of floods when Lake Albert burst its banks.   

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