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Buyende Farmers Embrace Agro Forestry

Fredrick Kabbale, the Buyende District Production Officer, says in the past several farmers in the district lost crops due to heavy rains and drought resulting from the effects of climate change. He says as a result, they started encouraging farmers to embrace Agro Forestry to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Small holder farmers in Buyende district have embraced Agro Forestry in an attempt to control the effects of climate change. Agro Forestry involves planting intercropping trees and crops on the same piece of land. Fredrick Kabbale, the Buyende District Production Officer, says in the past several farmers in the district lost crops due to heavy rains and drought resulting from the effects of climate change.  

 

 

He says as a result, they started encouraging farmers to embrace Agro Forestry to mitigate the effects of climate change. According to Kabbale, more than 200 small holder farmers in Nkondo sub county now practice Agro Forestry and have registered some success in preserving the environment. The farmers intercrop their gardens with Orange, jack fruit, lemon, Sesbania, eucalyptus and acacia trees. Jackie Namukoma, a farmer in Nkondo parish, says in the past her crops were devastated by heavy rains and drought.

 

 

She however, says that she hasn't experienced similar problems for the last two year she has been practicing agro forestry. She says in addition to protecting her garden from climate change effects, she also harvest fruits. Rose Nangobi, a farmer from Kidera says intercropping has garden has boosted the fertility of her soil and stopped soil erosion. She also says Agro Forestry has boosted her income, becomes she sells off some of the trees and wood fuel.

 

Anent Namalili, Buyende District Production and Marketing Secretary, says Agro Forestry has reduced the destruction of natural forests for wood fuel since most people have their own trees. He however, says they face a number of challenges such as lack of sufficient tree seedlings and failure by farmers to follow the required spacing.  Namalili says some of the farmers congest their gardens with trees, which end up covering crops. 

John Paul Mwene, the Buyende District Environment Officer, says at least 70% of the natural forest cover has been cleared in the last 10 years. 

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