John Lowal, a resident of Kangole, says that their cattle are only secure in the protected kraals and the community is scared of releasing oxen for ploughing for fear of falling victims to rustlers. Lowal says that the raiders have a tendency of ambushing communities while they are in their gardens and take away their animals.
With funding from USAID, NaSARRI has introduced six new varieties of sorghum, millet and green grams, their yields have impressed residents in Napak District. This, according to experts, will reduce hunger crisis in the region that is heavily dependent on food aid from World Food Programme.
The farmers who are getting seeds from Operation Wealth Creation, OWC, NUSAF 3 and partners are worried that their seeds might not get ample rains since they don’t have any means of opening land apart from using hand hoes.
Another person has died of hunger in Napak district raising the number deaths to six in the last two weeks. Seventy-five year-old Lokorio Lina, a resident of Naoi village, Lopei Sub County collapsed and died after being given a mug of local sorghum brew to help sustain her life.
Some members of the more than 1,800 households to benefit from the project say that for long the adverse weather situation in Karamoja had always frustrated farmers in the region during critical stages of crop development.