Unlike in Kalangala district, where several farmers devoted all their land to oil palm growing, NOPP is ensuring that each out grower at Buvuma spares or secures an acre of land for growing food. Wilson Sserunjogi, the District Oil Palm Focal Person says such land will help farmers during the time when they cannot practice intercropping.
Speaking during the BCU Annual General Meeting at the coffee mill in Mbale City on Friday, Gume revealed that he receives over ten unsubstantiated petitions from Wamulugwa’s group against the Nathan Nandala Mafabi led board for alleged mismanagement of the union affairs.
The cooler, which is located in Kidubuli village, was donated to the farmers by National Agricultural Advisory Services - Naads in 2020 after farmers requested for the machine to improve on the storage and marketing of their milk.
Simon Lokol one of the residents in Moroto Municipality said living in Moroto Municipality has become insecure compare to ten years back when people used to sleep in their homes even when the doors are opened.
The beneficiaries include child mothers, widows, former abductees and youth aged between 15 and 35 years from the various districts of Acholi and parts of Lango Sub Regions both literate and illiterate.
In a letter addressed to Sub County Chairpersons, Town Clerks and extension workers, Charles Kiberu, the Kiruhura District Chief Administrative Officer says that farmers have continued to sell livestock and their products to traders who move animals at night.
According to the proposed rates, traders with stalls for food, fresh vegetables and Matooke will pay Shillings 30,000, stalls for fish, fruits and charcoal will pay Shillings 50,000 while those with butcheries and chicken cages will pay Shillings 100,000 monthly.
As a result, the council wants to collect shillings 100million a month, translating into shillings 1.2 billion annually.
Kenneth Opoka the Local Chairperson for Lulai Village says that hundreds of farmers in his area have resorted to small scale farming majorly around their homesteads for fears that they may be attacked while cultivating in distant places.
Jackie Adure, a businesswoman at Gulu Main Market, says she gets her hibiscus from Kampala at 10,000 Shillings a kilogram and sells at 15,000 Shillings. However, Adure says that the sales always are very low, because few clients know it and how to consume it. She says when she buys 50 kilograms of hibiscus, it can take up to four months before it is all sold.
Kibiribiri says that the four-month-old tilapia fish had cost him over five million Shillings, and he had hoped that he would get more than 10 million Shillings in profit. He says that each of his three ponds had 5,000 fish.
Pela commodities has already started laying its machinery in the area near Soroti Fruit Factory. It is expected to handle 18 types of cereals and be able to sort, clean and dry 36 metric tonnes of cereals per hour, according to Isaiah Langa, one of the directors of Pela Commodities Limited. He adds that the plant will easily process over 600 metric tonnes of cereals in less than 24 hours.
Oryema says although they have in the past been told to plant crops such as chili, dig trenches and set up beehives near their crop gardens these haven’t helped. He says that when he visited Kenya in 2015, he saw the use electric fence and drones to chase roaming elephants also fail.