Kitgum district is to enact a by-law to ensure that every household has a food granary to avert food shortages.
The idea follows the current food crisis that is forcing some people to resort to eating bitter cassava. Two weeks ago, two families in Omiya Anyima and Lokung resorted to eating bitter cassava that led to the death of one girl.
On Sunday, two other families in Palabek Ogili ate the bitter cassava, and are hospitalized. Sylvester Opira, the deputy Resident District Commissioner, says that the communities carry the biggest blame for the current food scarcity.
Opira notes that majority of the IDPs have farmed for two years since they started leaving the camps, but wonders why they are suffering from food shortages.
He says that the district will soon enact a by law ensuring that every family has a granary to store dried food like in the past. Opira says the by-law will also ensure that every family has more than one field of cassava.
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Opira advises the community against selling their entire food stock to neighboring areas.
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Peter Abal, the district agricultural officer says that famine would be no more if people practiced the old habit of drying food stuff for future consumption.
Abal advises people to also consider rearing birds and animals at home for domestic use.
Natalia Okot the secretary for production is disappointed that a number of men sell food to get money to consume alcohol yet they don't work hard to farm.