Cattle Keepers Appeal for Dams as Drought Bites

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As the spell of drought kicks off, pastoral communities along the cattle corridor in Kyankwanzi district are appealing on government to help them construct valley dams in their respective ranches.

As the spell of drought kicks off, pastoral communities along the cattle corridor in Kyankwanzi district are appealing on government to help them construct valley dams in their respective ranches.
 
They claim that this would be the long term solution to devastating effects of seasonal drought.
 
 It’s on record that in the dry period of December to February, hundreds of heads of cattle are lost in the Kyankwanzi cattle corridor as pasture and water become increasingly scarce.
 
Kyankwanzi, Nsambya, part of Butemba and Wattuba are predominantly cattle keeping sub-counties
 
Fred Mpora, the Kyankwanzi sub-county LC3 chairperson, says farmers with ability to construct their own valley dams have done so and the campaign to encourage others is still going on.
 
He says the majority have no ability to sink and construct their own valley dams.
 
Mpora says as a result whenever it comes to dry season they move from place to place looking for water and pasture.
 
He explains that death of animals has not only been because of drought, but also outbreak of diseases has in some seasons been reported due to desperate measures undertaken by farmers to survive drought.
 
The chairman demands that the district leaders lobby the central government to provide water construction equipment such as excavators and bulldozers to be stationed in the district to help individual farmers to construct their valley dams.
 
Hassan Katumba, who owns a farm in Kyankwanzi sub-county, says last dry season alone he lost over ten heads of cattle. He explains that they all died due to lack of water and pasture.
 
Filbert Odongo, the Kyankwanzi district water officer, says that the district is trying to sink bore holes in cattle corridor communities for both domestic and watering animals.
 
The Kiboga west (Kyankwanzi) constituency Member of Parliament, Samuel Ssemugaba, says MPs are pressurizing government to cluster cattle corridors and buy water construction equipment and put them in regions to majorly help farmers to construct community and individual dams.
 
He says as MPs in the district, they have lobbied to host the water construction unit equipment for the districts of Hoima, Kiboga, Mityana, Kibaale, Mubende and Kyankwanzi to help the local governments and the individual farmers construct valley dams and sink bore holes to solve water problems. He says the unit among others will be made up of a bulldozer and an excavator.