Learn To Preserve Food, Janet Tells Karamoja Top story

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State Minister for Karamoja, Janet Museveni says the prolonged dry spell in the region should be an eye opener to the Karimojong, to start planning for their families and livestock to avoid starvation.

The prolonged dry spell in Karamoja should be an eye opener for the region on food security. State Minister for Karamoja, Janet Museveni says the Karimojong should start preserving food, water and pasture.

Mrs Museveni was conducting field visits to programmes implemented by Dryland Integrated Development Project, under the Office of the Prime Minister. 

The project is aimed at increased income and reduced poverty among the pastoral people in Uganda. Mrs Museveni says this project should be used to enhance food production, and help people to store food.

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The prolonged dry spell in Karamoja has left many families starving. The communities are also struggling to find water and pasture for their animals. 

Mrs Museveni asked the communities to use the rainy season to produce and preserve food and pasture. According to her, depending on nature alone will still keep the region exposed to hunger and death of animals.

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Reports indicate the rains have just started in Karamoja, and there is hope that in few weeks the animals will have pasture. The worry however in the region is that after the dry spell, the rains may be heavy and disrupt economic activity. 


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.