OWC Resumes Supply of Seeds To Farmers in Northern Uganda

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The Secretariat of Operation Wealth Creation OWC has lifted the suspension it instituted in supply of seeds to drought affected districts in Northern Uganda. On Thursday, three large consignments of fruit seedlings arrived in Omoro district for distribution to various farmers groups, a week after 26 metric tons of maize seeds was planted on over 140 acres of farmland.

The Secretariat of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has lifted the suspension it instituted in supply of seeds to drought affected districts in Northern Uganda.
 
On Thursday, three large consignments of fruit seedlings arrived in Omoro district for distribution to various farmers groups, a week after 26 metric tons of maize seeds was planted on over 140 acres of farmland.
 
The seedlings included 17,500 citrus, Pineapple vines and a truck load of banana suckers.  The district is expecting another consignment of 50,000 hybrid mangoes and 56,000 citrus seedlings seedlings next week.
 
Godfrey Jomo Oyet, the Omoro district production officer says the end of prolonged drought that started mid last year had forced supply to a halt.
 
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Oyet says the drought wiped out up to 50 percent of fruit seedlings planted under OWC in Omoro district.
 
However, new hopes for a better farming atmosphere shine in the district following the return of heavy rainfall in Mid-April.
 
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Jackson Ojara, a resident of Lalogi trading centre said the ground nuts he planted failed to germinate due to lack of rainfall. Ojara is among many farmers still opening new gardens along Gulu - Omoro road to maximise utilisation of available rainfall. He says he hopes the rainfall season will not be short-lived.
 
According to Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), moderate relaxation of rains is expected around mid-June in the Acholi sub region. 
 
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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.