Gov't 1.3M Ugandans in Need of Relief Food

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Christopher Kibazanga, the State Minister for Agriculture, says the current food security situation ranges between minimal and severe crisis.

1.3 million Ugandans are in need of urgent relief food, according to the Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries Ministry. Christopher Kibazanga, the State Minister for Agriculture, says the current food security situation ranges between minimal and crisis levels.

He says that there is fear that if individuals and families in some parts of the country don't manage the available food stocks at household level, the situation can quickly deteriorate into an emergency.
 

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According to Kibazanga, government is already making interventions in Teso, Karamoja, Lango, Acholi, Bukedi, West Nile sub regions and parts of Busoga, and some districts along the cattle corridor. Government has delivered 600 bags of maize floor and 300 bags of beans in Isingiro district, which is most affected.

 
25% of the people in Isingiro district are in an emergency phase of food insecurity meaning they access half a meal a day. According to the Ministry, although the situation in Teso sub region is being assessed, government has dispatched 100 bags of maize floor.
 

65% of the people in Katakwi, Amuria, Kumi, Bukedia and parts of Serere and Kaberamaido access one meal or half a meal away. 65% of the population in Karamoja access one meal or half a meal in a day.

While other districts like Oyam, Apac, Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga, Luwero, Mubende, Kyegegwa Kiruhura among others can still afford all meals in a day although the stocks are running low.


Districts like Mitooma, Bushenyi, Wakiso, Gomba,Kalangala, Kalungu,Lyantonde and Busia among others are fairly food secure. Okasai Opolot, the Director Crop Resources, says government has directed cabinet through the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees to make actual assessment of the situation so that money can be allocated.


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According to the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, several areas along the cattle corridor, running from south Western Uganda through Sembabule including up to Karamoja region are experiencing dry conditions, while Northern, North Western, Kigezi and Mt Elgon are experiencing normal rains.

 

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