Lira Agricultural Officer Warns of Looming Famine

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The most affected areas include Bar, Aromo, Agweng, Ogur and Amach Sub Counties, which are known food basket for Lira and neighboring districts.

Dorcus Alum, the Lira District Agriculture Officer has warned of looming famine following prolonged drought there. Various villages in Lira district received very little or no rain at all in the months of May and June that affected crops such as simsim, beans, and sunflower before they could mature. The most affected areas include Bar, Aromo, Agweng, Ogur and Amach Sub Counties, which are known food basket for Lira and neighboring districts. 

Alum, the Lira District Agriculture Officer says Farmers made very minimal harvest during the first season, which runs from February to June this year. She now advises farmers to grow vegetables along fast maturing crops, which require minimal rain such as Kaula and Nabe 15 beans among others.

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Alum blames the long drought to climate change as a result of environmental degradation. Tony Oketch, a resident of Amwoma Sub County says they have lost hope of reaping from their efforts because of little rain. Oketch says his beans and millet have all dried up. He appeals to the district leadership to consider providing them with fast maturing crops for planting in the second season that has just started.
 
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Last week ago Julius Peter Odong-kara the outgoing Dokolo district chief administrative officer wrote to the office of prime minister requesting for the supply of fast maturing crops to about 107 farmers affected by the drought.

 

About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.