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Rains: Met Service Tells Farmers to Plant Early

Isabirye said from their monitoring the rains, which should have come in March, have come early and in his words have established.

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Farmers have been advised to take advantage of the early rains to plant crops as quickly as possible.

The advice has been given by Paul Isabirye, the Director of Networks and Reservation at Uganda National Meteorological Authority while speaking at a public dialogue on hunger in Uganda.

An estimated 13 million Ugandans are experiencing food shortages doe to the prolonged drought experienced in 2016.

Isabirye said from their monitoring the rains, which should have come in March, have come early and in his words have “established”.

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Isabirye urged farmers not to delay planting crops. He wondered why government is talking of planning to distribute seeds and plantings yet the rains are on.

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Earlier, the Director of Crop Sciences in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Okasai Opolot, had said the government is going to distribute seeds and plantings for fast-maturing crops in order to arrest the food crisis in the shortest time possible.

Dr. Opolot's remarks, however, drew the wrath of participants who accused the government of playing with the lives of Ugandans.

Agnes Kirabo, the Executive Director of Food Rights Alliance, said it is a shame that government has no food reserves and is even talking of planning to distribute seeds.

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