Kabwoya Sub County Raises Alarm Over Food Relief

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Kabwoya Sub County Chairperson Stephen Bulyahika Byamugisha says that the area, known for maize production recorded the worst yield this year as result of both the dry spell and the outbreak of the Fall Army Worm that devastated gardens in several districts.

Leaders of Kabwoya Sub County in Hoima district are pleading for food relief to families in the area following a dry spell that affected the last planting season resulting into poor harvests.

Kabwoya Sub County Chairperson Stephen Bulyahika Byamugisha says that the area, known for maize production recorded the worst yield this year as result of both the dry spell and the outbreak of the Fall Army Worm that devastated gardens in several districts.

Byamugisha says that most farmers in the Parishes of Kaseta, Kimbugu, Bubogo and Iganjura could not harvest enough maize to feed their families adding that many of them are now surviving on one meal a day while scores are waiting for handouts.

He faults the Office of the Prime Minister for prioritizing populations in urban centres and ignoring those who depend entirely on their gardens. The complaint comes barely a week after the distribution of 600 bags of rice to families in Hoima Municipality by the Office of the Prime Minister.

But Byamugisha says that it is important that the areas that have been serving Hoima town with food are considered because people are forced to sell the little they have reaped to pay school fees for the children and end up with no food.
 
 
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Catherine Kobusinge, a resident of Kaseta says that after spending more than 400,000 Shillings on inputs, her yield was less than 20 Kgs of maize grain. She adds that they cannot even prepare for the next planting season at a time when families are struggling to get a day's meal.

The shortage has also led to an increase in food prices around Kabwoya. A kilogram of beans now costs 3000 Shillings up from 2000 Shillings in the previous seasons, while a kilogram of maize flour now costs 3500 up from 2500 Shillings.

A basin of Irish potato now ranges between 10,000 and 12,000 up from 7000 Shillings. Traders say that the food items are bought expensively from other areas.

Kabwoya Sub County is one of the densely populated areas in Hoima district with a population of over 100,000 people most of them depending on subsistence farming for survival.

A month ago, the neighboring district of Kagadi received about 1000 bags of rice that were supplied to starving families in Muhoro and Mbefu sub counties which were also non-productive after being hit hard by the drought.

 

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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.