Namutumba Hit by Cassava Disease

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Unidentified cassava disease has broken up in Namutumba district destroying about 400 acres of cassava plantations. The most areas are Bulange, Ivukula, Magada and Nsinze Sub-counties.

Unidentified cassava disease has broken up in Namutumba district destroying about 400 acres of cassava plantations. The most areas are Bulange, Ivukula, Magada and Nsinze Sub-counties.  Elijah Gusiri, a farmer from Nsinze Sub County says that the disease has destroyed about three acres of his cassava plantation.

 
Gusiri explains that the disease attacks the cassava roots and causes them to rot in the ground. He says that the disease was first noticed two months ago by farmers took it lightly thinking that it would go away. Gusiri however says that several farmers have now started complaining about the disease affecting their gardens.

 
David Kisakye, Namutumba district agriculture officer says the disease looks like black root and stem rot disease which is a fungal disease. He says it can reduce the cassava harvest by 60 percent unless it is stopped from spreading. Kisakya advises farmers to avoid moving cassava stems from one garden to another to control the spread of the disease.

Michael Saire, Namutumba district LC V chairman has called on government to come to the rescue of farmers. He warns that unless the disease is stopped from spreading in the entire district it may worsen the food insecurity in the district. Several families in Namutumba are going without meals after their crops were devastated by a heavy storm early this year.