Soroti Residents Resort to Wetland Cultivation

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Bosco Ojilong, a father of five and resident of Gweri Sub County, says he has planted maize, beans and vegetables on half an acre of the wetland near his residence.

Residents of Soroti district have resorted to planting fast yielding crops in Wetlands amidst the escalating food crisis. The residents have planted maize, beans and vegetables such as gobe, malakwang, dodo, cabbage, eggplant and tomatoes in wetlands.

 
Bosco Ojilong, a father of five and resident of Gweri Sub County, says he has planted maize, beans and vegetables on half an acre of the wetland near his residence. Ojilong is optimistic that by January, 2017 his crops will be ready for harvest.
 
 
Joseph Okiror, a resident of Katine Sub County has also cultivated over a quarter of an acre of the wetland. According to Okiror, he has planted white beans alongside vegetables for his subsistence and sale to others. Okiror says he resorted to cultivating in the wetland after losing two acres of beans to the prolonged drought.
 
 
According to Okiror, cultivating the wetland has helped him to address the biting food crisis in his family. Rose Tino, the chairperson Soroti District Community Services Committee has called for home gardening. According to Tino, residents can easily water their crops since there is no rain.
 
Simon Edoru, the Soroti District LC V Vice Chairperson is worried that the food crisis might worsen by next year.
 

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Food prices have remained high in major markets across Soroti district. A Kilogram of yellow beans costs between Shillings 2,500 and 3,000 up from Shillings 1,500. 

A kilogram of sim sim costs between Shillings 4,500 and Shilling 4,800, maize flour costs between Shillings 2,000 and 2,400 while a kilogram of rice costs Shillings3, 200. 
 
Most of the food stuff sold in Soroti is imported from some part of Lango sub region, Mbale and Jinja districts.

 

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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.