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Farmers Advised to Ward off Marauding Elephants with Chilli Pepper

The animals have eaten acres of maize, rice and potatoes forcing other families to go hungry as most of their food crops are destroyed by marauding elephants.
Farmers in Nwoya district have been advised to start planting sesame, tea and chilli as a measure to ward off marauding elephants.

Nwoya district chairperson Patrick Okello Oryema says that elephants from the Murchison Falls National Park have increasingly destroyed several farms in purongo village in Nwoya.

He says the animals have eaten acres of maize, rice and potatoes forcing other families to go hungry as most of their food crops are destroyed by the elephants.

Oryema now advises that the only crops that will succeed near the park will be those that the elephants do not eat like sesame, tea, and red chilli which, wards off marauding elephants.

However, crops like cotton which is not eaten by the elephants also get destroyed as they maraud through the gardens.

Elephants and human conflict usually intensifies during the harvest months of July and November.

In Villages of Pabit and Purongo, the residents are keeping awake in the night; blowing vuvuzela\'s to scare the elephants away.

Nearly 100 households in Pabit village recently moved away from their original homes near the park due to an increase in the number of problem animals according to authorities from Nwoya.

Charles Olwouch, a resident of Pabit village in Nwoya says last year he lost over 3 acres of rice to elephants.

In 2013 Uganda Wild life Authority recruited over 400 rangers to help curb the animal-human conflict in the district bordering the national game backs.

Although residents and experts have been calling for the use of the electric fence to stop the animals, this is yet to be implemented.

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