Kibaale Farmers Worried As Baboons Destroy Crops

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Farmers in Bwanswa and Matale sub counties in Kibaale district are complaining after their gardens were destroyed by baboons and monkeys.

Farmers in Bwanswa and Matale sub counties in Kibaale district are complaining after their gardens were destroyed by baboons and monkeys.
 
The farmers say the wild animals have destroyed cassava, maize, beans and groundnut gardens.
 
The problem is most felt in the villages of Kihumuro and Kyebando in Bwanswa Sub County and Ndama village in the neighboring Matale Sub County. Ben Matovu, the Kihumuro LC1 Chairman, says the wild animals invaded the area about a month ago.
 
The local leader says the residents have resorted to hunting down the animals in vain.
 
Wilber Mugaga, a farmer from Kihumuro Village, says the use of scarecrows in his cassava garden has proved unsuccessful as the wild animals continue to destroy his garden. Mugaga says almost half of his two-acre garden is destroyed.
 
The farmer says he gets his livelihood from the sale of agricultural produce and cannot look on as the wild animals destroy his garden. He vows to poison them if the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) doesn’t drive them away.
 
According to the farmers, the wild animals invade the gardens at 6am.The farmers want the district production office and UWA to intervene.
 
When contacted, Louis Balikuddembe, Kibaale district environment and natural resource officer, pledges to link up with UWA to drive away the wild animals.