Local councils have been advised to pass bylaws to criminalize bush burning that is threatening forests and the environment.
Jessica Eriyo state Minister for environment says some people maliciously start the fires to destroy crops and tree plantations.
She says the national environment law on environment is clear about the element of bush burning but could also be better implemented if local councils outlawed the practice.
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Commercial tree farmers specializing in Pine trees have asked for stringent measure to control the bush burning which can destroy an entire pine forest if they caught fire.
Kitgum Woman MP, Beatrice Anywar says that the uncontrolled bush fires have also cost lives in parts of northern Uganda.
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Anwyar says the burning of the bushes is a threat to the environment because the biomass that would have been turned into manure is lost to the fire.
Allan Amumpe, the coordinator of European Union-funded tree planting (Sowlog) Production Grant Scheme says that bush fires could be a threat to private tree growers.
Similar wildfires broke out recently from the Rwandan side of the Volcano national park forcing the Mountain Gorrila in Uganda to flee to Congo.