Several herds of migrating elephants have destroyed sorghum gardens raising fears of acute food shortages in Kaabong district. The elephants usually move from Kidepo National Game Park southwards through Lolelia and Sidok sub counties through North of Kotido and Abim districts.
The elephants usually move from Kidepo National Game Park southwards through Lolelia and Sidok sub counties through North of Kotido and Abim districts.
Lokoru Luigi, the LC 3 chairperson, Sidok Sub County, says the elephants have left a huge trail of destruction and that families will miss out harvests this season. He adds that they have destroyed several acres of sorghum, maize and beans in the villages south west of Kaabong district.
Simon Lolim, the Resident District Commissioner –Kaabong, advises the residents to avoid cultivating in the migratory corridors of wildlife saying they will not avoid garden destruction. He adds that the 800 families in Sidok and Lolelia sub counties should think of having gardens far from the corridors. He however, notes that he would liaise with the Uganda Wildlife Authority for consultations on the animals.
Efforts to talk to James Okware, the in-charge Pian-Upe, Matheniko-Bokora game reserve were futile as calls went unanswered.
However, affected farmers want the Uganda Wildlife Authority to have control over the animals after settling in the green belts. Ends