Drought Takes Toll on Kasese Farmers

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Asanairi Muhindo, the Agriculture Officer Kasese Municipality, says although some farmers planted in time, they were betrayed by the harsh weather conditions.

Maize and beans farmers in Kasese district are struggling to recover from losses due to a poor harvest in the last season. A number of farmers interviewed by URN, say they lost 80 percent of their crops in the gardens due to prolonged drought.

The season ran from March to June. The most affected were farmers Kirembe, Rukoki, Mubuku and Kihara in Kasese municipality. Others include farmers in Mukunyu, Muhokya, Kilembe, Karusandara, Nyakiyumbu, Nyakatonzi and Maliba sub counties.

Asanairi Muhindo, the Agriculture Officer Kasese Municipality, says although some farmers planted in time, they were betrayed by the harsh weather conditions. He however, also faults the farmers for failing to to seek technical advice before they plant any crops.

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Rose Kyakimwa, a farmer from Bulembia division is one of those struggling to cope with the losses. According to Kyakimwa, she planted one acre of beans expecting to reap much more but ended up with less two kilograms.

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Deo Muhanguzi planted two acres of beans. He however, says that in addition to affecting their yield, drought also affected the quality of the harvest.

Doreen Mbambu, a farmer from Karusandara Sub County, says they were also affected by flooding, which hit their area sweeping whatever they had cultivated.

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