Many districts in the region have experienced mild rainfall, punctuated by cold weather and a cloudy sky since Sunday. This has partially brought to an end the long weeks of scorching heatwaves as the region experiences a dry spell.
Gerald Ssendawula, a farmer and former minister of Finance, said it was a possibility that farmers might relapse on their production, forcing a country into a post-coronavirus food crisis. Ssedawula said government should intervene directly and help to provide things like seeds, fuel for those who use tractors, and fertilizers.
Robert Ssekyanzi the Chairperson of Luweero Boda Boda Riders’ Association says that although President Museveni allowed them to transport cargo, he used to spend days with no client which forced him to resort to farming till restriction on movement is lifted.
Albert Mugabe, the Ntungamo District Production Officer, says green berries affect the quality of coffee and must be dealt with. He says extension workers in the sub counties have also been put on alert to ensure that those behind the practice do not get away with it.
Between 1996 and 2016, the demand for the fruit has seen tremendous growth expanding by 88.2% in 2016 alone, according to Tridge, a platform that tracks global trade in different goods. In three years, the fruit exports grew by 315% and expanded by Shs 1005.6% in the last five years, Tridge said.
The MPs were also concerned about the dilapidated structures at the farm. The three buildings have several cracks resulting from the 1994 earthquake which hit parts of Tooro Kingdom. The roofs are also leaking and the farm floods when it rains.
Lieutenant-General Charles Angina the deputy Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation - OWC - has ordered the arrest of the - OWC coordinator for Mbarara Municipality, Captain David Bashaija, over alleged land grabbing.
Farmers in Mbarara district have embraced the use of organic manure produced from the municipalitys dumpsite at Kekombe. A medium sized lorry of manure goes for 80,000 shillings while a big lorry goes for shillings 100,000 shillings.
The fresh outbreak comes barely three years after a similar occurrence ravaged banana plantations in Ntungamo and the neighboring districts of Kabale, Mbarara, Rukungiri, Bushenyi and Isingiro. It also comes at a time when farmers are struggling to cope with a prolonged dry spell.
The wetland, which borders the districts of Mbarara and Sheema, feeds into Kooga, another wetland and Rwizi River, the main source of water for thousands of people in Mbarara, Sheema and Isingiro districts.
Water scarcity is forcing some farmers in rural areas in Uganda to come up with ingenious methods to keep their crops watered and their families healthy. One such method is the use of a tredo pump being used by farmers in Masaka. A tredo pump is an instrument that manually draws water from a water source to the surface. It has two cups with nasals and these cups are filled up with water before it operates.