The Executive Director of Food Rights Alliance, Agnes Kirabo says if a farmer in Uganda who produces 10 kilograms of maize is likely to lose 1.2 Kilograms of the yield on the farm. At the global level, FAO estimates that 14 per cent of the food produced is lost between the harvest and post harvest leading to 40 million dollars loss by smallholder farmers.
So far, four drone-based imagery surveys have been conducted in Murchison Bay and one in Jinja with the objective of keeping a close watch on the floating islands' movements and guide machine deployment to right targets. The survey shows that there are about 100 hectares of floating weeds in Murchison bay, Port Bell with more than ten hectares in Jinja District.
The three groups are Nyeko- rac community Farmers’ Cooperative Society, Itek- okile Rice Growers and Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd and Bar Orphan Widows and Widowers- (BOWW) Cooperative Society.
There are fears that some of the swarms could move further Western into Turkana county, probably by Mid-January 2020, with likely potential and risk that they could spill over into Karamoja, in the North-Eastern region of Uganda. The area shares a border with Turkana County.
Sam Apedel, Spokesperson National Water and Sewerage Cooperation, says government is planning to construct a sewer line that connects to Victoria Mall to transport sewerage to a treatment facility so as to effectively manage the sewerage problem at the mall.
The entire northern Uganda share of National Milk production stands at 11 percent. Kasimiro Ogwal, the NAADS Zonal Agriculture Development Officer says with more farmers getting support to produce Milk, production is likely to increase on account of high milk prices.
Small holder farmers will be supplied with 800,000 hand hoes for growing food at peasantry level. Dr. Mugasi says the choice of the new direction has been informed by a drastic budget cut for 2019. He says the budget can only support 522 households and 97 farmer groups, with 28 value addition equipment for the agency to concentrate on setting up two agro industrial parks in Kabarole and Kasese districts.
Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja says several consignments of agriculture produce shipped to Europe have again been rejected and destroyed over poor quality and presence of high contents of poorly mixed agrochemicals used to treat or preserve them.
The debate comes barely a month after a declaration by agriculture ministry officials that the government was considering a ban on Nomadic Pastoralism in order to promote crop farming and paddock grazing in order to reduce food insecurity and increase family incomes.
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.
Dr. Robert. S. Okeny, the Pader District Veterinary Officer, has confirmed the outbreak. James Akera, a livestock farmer at Ideng B village in Burlobo Parish, Angagura Sub-County in Pader district, says he lost two head of cattle from his stock of 31 cattle to the deadly disease.