Drought to Affect Crop Production in Kasese District

By Owen Baluku Alton

Farmers in Kasese district especially in Bukonzo West and Busongora South are facing tough drought conditions which have worried many of where to get food and fees for their children.

Speaking to Mr. Kasoke Ernest the LC3 chairman for Muhokya sub-county, he disclosed that the sub-county has been hit by heavy sunshine alongside dry winds which limited farmers from growing crops early noting that even if rain falls few crops may get saved. He said that crops like beans, maize and soya beans have been seriously hit.

Kasoke asked farmers to get ready for hunger and grow sweet potatoes since they take short time ready and fight hunger. He also said that cattle keepers have also been hit by slight a shortage of pasture.

He explained that parents are now worried of where to get school fees for the children for the next term which is one week ahead, where he appealed to school administrators to be sympathetic to pupils and students who may go without or with little fees at the beginning of the term.

Ernest used the same platform to decry over increased number of vanilla thieves which has demoralized famers from growing more of the crop. He advised vanilla farmers to form co-operatives such that they can have a common voice in fighting thieves and looking for good markets.

Rain was just received over the weekend in Bukonzo County in the sub-counties of Nyakiyumbu, Munkunyu, Isango and Nyakatonzi since February and also Busongora north also received rain just yesterday and Saturday in the period of three months. However Kasese municipality has been receiving rain every after three or two days. End

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