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Three More Irrigation Projects Launched In Kalungu

Vincent Walugembe, the Chairperson of Kwekulakulanya Agriculture Group, says that they have over 60 acres of land containing coffee and other crops. He says that irrigating their plantations using watering cans has been a time-wasting and tiresome task.
Government, FAO, EU officials launching the three projects in Kalungu district

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The government has launched three more irrigation plants in Kalungu district to help both small and large-holder farmers to adapt to climate change and continue growing crops throughout the year. The three plants are spread in Lwabenge, Bukulula and Kyamulibwa sub-counties.   

The Shillings 900M solar irrigation plants were set up in a partnership between the government of Uganda, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the European Union (EU). The plants were set up between May and September. 

Bukulula and Kyamulibwa sub-counties have one irrigation plant each, while Lwabenge has received another plant because it is the most affected when it comes to drought. Lwabenge got its first Shillings 260M-solar-powered irrigation project in May 2021 established in Bugomola village.  

Beatrice Nakiweewa, the Chairperson- Twezimbe Women’s Group in Buwemba village in Kyamulibwa sub-county, says that they will be able to increase their agricultural production since they will be able to grow crops even in the dry spell.    

The group has more than 50 farmers. According to Nakiweewa, apart from the increased production, they will also improve the quality of their yields with support from the project.

//Cue in: (Luganda) “ Mukulima okwo………  

Cue out:…………………….ekintu bwekityo.”//       

Vincent Walugembe, the Chairperson of Kwekulakulanya Agriculture Group, says that they have over 60 acres of land containing coffee and other crops.  He says that irrigating their plantations using watering cans has been a time-wasting and tiresome task.     

//Cue in: (Luganda) “ Tubebaza okutuwa………       

Cue out:………………………...bilabika burungi.”//       

Kalungu, is one of the districts in the cattle corridor often hit hard by prolonged dry spells and other climate change effects, which affect agriculture. According to Denis Besigye Beyanga, an Agricultural Water Management/Irrigation consultant with FAO, they installed three sprinklers and another hydrant system, which will help farmers to irrigate their crops.  

He says that they have advised farmers to utilize the irrigation projects to their benefit in addition to including some resilient crops that can withstand the hot conditions during the dry spell.     

//Cue in: (Luganda) “Tubadde mu Kalungu………       

Cue out:………………………...producing a buringi.”//    

Dr Florence Grace Adong, the Director of Water Resources Management -Ministry of Water and Environment, advised the farmers to start using organic pest sides for the safety of the consumers of their produces.  She says that chemical pesticides usually dissolve in a plant and become harmful to the consumers just as they kill pests.    

//Cue in: “I was smelling chemicals………    

Cue out:………………….a bit of it as well.”//    

Kamaadi Nyombi MukiIbi, the Kalungu LC5 chairman, applauded the projects, saying they will help the district to improve its food security.  

//Cue in: (Luganda) “Tuyina okusomozebwa………  

 

Cue out:………………………basobola okubifukirira.”//     

He appealed to the government to support the farmers to do value addition on their surplus produces to fully benefit from the program.  

//Cue in: (Luganda) “Naye okusomozebwa………          

Cue out………………….akasent ako akazungu.”//  

Mukono district is also a beneficiary of a similar project. .

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