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Patrick Waiswa, the LC 1 chairperson Nakasedere village says the area is surrounded by sugarcane plantations but the few farmers involved in food crop growing are counting losses due to the wilt infestation.
Some of the affected potato leaves.

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Potato Wilt disease has hit Irongo sub county in Luuka district affecting several potato gardens. Potato wilt is a fungal disease caused by two species of verticillium.

The bacteria sucks chlorophyll out of the potato leaves living them to dry and affects the growth of the potato. 

Patrick Waiswa, the LC 1 chairperson Nakasedere village says the area is surrounded by sugarcane plantations but the few farmers involved in food crop growing are counting losses due to the wilt infestation.

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Cue out…emboli,”//

 

Sylvester Dyogo, a resident says the damage of the wilt has increased in the dry season as the scotching sun quickens drying of the already damaged potato leaves.

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Cue out…kasana kano,”  

Fauzia Kauma, a resident of Kiwalazi village says her children are starving because her only source of food was affected by the potato wilt.

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Cue out…tulemelyeilwa,”//  

Jessica Nandase, a resident from Kazigo village says their efforts to fight the wilt are frustrated by agro chemists selling fake pesticides that have failed to kill bacteria.

She says government should sensitize farmers on the right chemicals to fight against the wilt other than leaving them to be robbed by agro chemists.

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Charles Edube, the Irongo Sub county LC III chairperson says he notified the district authorities after inspecting the affected farms two months ago but is yet to receive their response.

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Cue out…gyetuna gyikomyawo,”

Lawrence Watada, the Luuka District Chief Administrative Officer, says they have dispatched a team to investigate the matter.            

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