Kabale Farmers Struggle to Restock Their Banana Plantations

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Stella Arinaitwe, a farmer from Maziba Sub County says since her plantation was devastated last year she has been struggling to replenish.

Farmers in Kabale district are struggling to replenish their banana plantations after they were ravaged by the banana bacterial wilt three years ago. The most affected farmers are from Maziba, Bukinda, Kaharo, Kashambya and Kamwezi sub counties. Stella Arinaitwe, a farmer from Maziba Sub County says since her plantation was devastated last year she has been struggling to replenish.

Arinaitwe says the district has repeatedly promised to provide them with banana suckers for replanting but nothing has been down. She says many of the farmers are finding it hard to provide for their families, since bananas have been their main source of livelihood. John Kabeni, a farmer from Nyabitabo Village in Kaharo Sub County says many of the farmers are stuck because their source of their livelihood is cut off.

Mary Bebwajuba, the Kabale LC V vice chairperson and production secretary says the banana restocking exercise is being handled by the NAADS office. She advises the affected farmers to work closely with the NAADS extension workers in their respective sub counties for the successful implementation of the restocking exercise.

James Kasimbazi, the Kabale district NAADS coordinator says they are in the process of procuring disease resistant banana varieties for distribution to farmers.
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Kasimbazi explains that they are planning to buy between 2500 to 3000 banana suckers so as to establish a mother garden for multiplication before they are distributed.

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.