Stray Elephants Destroy Crops in Kabale

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At least thirty-five stray elephants have destroyed several acres of crops in Kiyebe, Rushunga and Kagogo villages, in Ikumba Sub County, Kabale district.

At least thirty-five stray elephants have destroyed several acres of crops in Kiyebe, Rushunga and Kagogo villages, in Ikumba Sub County, Kabale district.

The herd of elephants destroyed gardens of beans, maize, bananas, pumpkins and potato but left the huge gardens of marijuana untouched.

The elephants, believed to have escaped from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, raided the villages on Thursday, sparking off fear and disappointment among the residents

Residents of Ruhija village which neighbors with the Bwindi impenetrable Forest, claim that they have never been compensated for the loss of their crops and the 20 percent revenue sharing they get is little
compared to the losses suffered.

The Ikumba Sub County Councilor Silver Baguma says that efforts to get assistance from the Uganda Wildlife Authority have been futile, because the officials were off for a workshop in Kampala

Baguma says the straying elephants can only be scared off by planting red pepper along the park in order to keep them in the forest. He explained that the pepper is burnt as soon as one detects the elephants from the forest approaching the gardens.

James Byebiroha, a farmer in the area says government should start digging trenches along the forests of Bwindi to stop elephants from straying into people’s gardens.
In May this year, a herd of elephants from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest destroyed several acres of crop gardens in Ikumba Sub County. The affected villages include Ndego, Nyamabale and Kyabishebeya.

In March last year,  two people were injured, when stray elephants invaded the same villages and destroyed crops.