Such spraying was in 2020 when desert locusts invaded the Districts of Otuke and Alebtong. Earlier, farmers in Lira, Kole and Oyam had sprayed crops to control fall armyworms. All these, the beekeepers say does not provide a conducive environment for bees to produce honey.
During the meeting, Ronald Ahimbisibwe, the Principal Certification Officer and Head Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development at UNBS explained they briefed the association leaders early this year on the requirements and they were expected to send the message to their members.
Feddal Fitsum, the Advisor Justice and Peace Commission explained that the visit was triggered by issues raised at community dialogues with the hope of finding a lasting solution to conflicts in Karamoja sub-region.
Philip W. Mwaka, the Principal State Attorney who doubles as the Co- Chair Verification committee at the MoJCA explained that the validation exercise will be done by the District at Sub county level to ensure a comprehensive and transparent exercise based on bio data.
Maxwell Akora, the Lango Cooperative Union Chairperson who doubles as Maruzi County MP says while they need all their assets to enable them to expand their projects, some people occupying the properties are reluctant to return them to the Union.
The factory which employs close to 10,200 personnel has since been closed awaiting for disinfection as well as conducting tests on all the remaining staff at the factory. A member of staff at the factory says 11 out of the 13 staffs picked at random for testing tested positive and the rest were told to go home.
The panic started after reports that swarms of desert locusts had been sighted in Abim district on Monday evening. The district located in Karamoja sub-region borders Kapelebyong and Amuria in Teso and Otuke and Agago in Lango Sub Region.
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.
The proposal for repossessing the spinning mill was presented to President Yoweri Museveni, during the first Lango International Socio-Economic Conference held at UTC-Lira in 2012, paving way for years of negotiations.
The land had been allocated to the Uganda Investment Authority in 2013. However, the district rescinded its decision after the failure by the UIA to pay about 1.3 billion Shillings for it and started a localized drive to attract local investors to establish an agro-based industrial park.
George Obia, the Lira District Police Commander says that the ban is to aide security attempts to reduce increasing theft of livestock.According to Obia, all animal traders are required to only transport their livestock between 7 am and 6 pm.
The operation has brought down acres of eucalyptus trees, rice gardens, banana plantations and sugarcanes planted in Okole swamp in Railways Division and Ayap swamp, Odokomit trading center along Kampala road. Some of the notable encroachers at Okole swamp include Arak Farm and a one Fred Okello.