Soroti Roots for Temporal Ban on Food Sales

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Jane Akiror, the Soroti District Disaster Committee Chairperson says more than 10,000 families are still food insecure.

Soroti district authorities are pushing for a temporary ban on the of food stuffs to address the biting food crisis. 

Simon Peter Edoru, the Soroti District LC V vice chairperson, says they are currently sensitizing the community to restrict the sale of foodstuffs such as beans, cassava and millet.
According to Edoru, most of the residents are prompted to sell the little available food because of the high prices to get money for the festive season.

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Currently, a kilogram of yellow beans in various markets across Soroti district costs between Shillings 2500 and 3000 from Shillings 1,500. A kilogram of simsim costs between Shillings 4,500 and 4,800 from Shillings 3500.
A kilogram of maize flour and rice cost between Shillings 2000-2400 and Shillings 3200 respectively. Margret Amongin, a produce dealer in Soroti town says most of their customers come from the neighboring Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.

She notes that demand for farm produce especially beans, maize and simsim have continued to increase with the dwindling supply from residents. Jane Akiror, the Soroti District Disaster Committee Chairperson says more than 10,000 families are still food insecure.

Bosco Erotu, a resident of Arapai Sub County has welcomed the proposal by the district to stem the sale of food, saying it will help reducing on the biting food shortage.
He has also asked residents to plant fast maturing crops to address the shortage. At least 1.3 million Ugandans are in dire need of relief food according to the Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries Ministry. 


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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.