Elephants Destroy Gardens In Kaabong

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In short
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.

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.
 
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

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.