Denis Ojara Severino, the local chairperson for Tikao village also told URN that his area has equally suffered with about 40 acres of crops including sim sim, beans and pumpkins stamped on by the elephants or eaten.
Stray elephants have destroyed 111 acres of crop
gardens in Orom Sub County in Kitgum district.
The affected are crop gardens in Tikao and
Akado Jwat villages in Gule Parish.
The damaged crops include sweet potatoes,
cassava, sim sim, ground nuts, cotton, pumpkin, maize and millet.
Odida, the Akado Jwat Local Chairperson told URN on Friday that from the month
of July to date this year, the elephants have destroyed 20 acres of
millet, 25 acres of sorghum, 15 acres of groundnuts, 8 acres of cassava and 3
acres of sweet potatoes respectively.
Last months, the elephants destroyed six acres
of Odida’s cotton garden as they traversed the area. Odida fears
that his community will lack food crop this season because of the destruction
by the elephants.
Denis Ojara Severino, the local chairperson for
Tikao village also told URN that his area has equally suffered with about 40
acres of crops including sim sim, beans and pumpkins stamped on by the
elephants or eaten.
He says the community members are now stranded after trying
several remedies such as including planting pepper, ringing bells, keeping
bees, banging containers and blowing trumpets to scare the elephants in vain.
Other farmers reportedly sleep in their farms to make alarm
and scare away the elephants from destroying their crops.
Opala, a farmer lost six acres of cotton to the elephants last month. He says
he is now stuck because he wanted to use the money to cater for his six
children`s school fees.
Shem Lwanga, the Officer In-charge of Orom-Tikao Government
Prisons located in the area, said the prison farms are equally affected by the
destruction of the elephants.
Quirino Olum, the Orom Sub County LC III Chairperson,
says the problem is recurrent in the area because it lies along elephant tract
from Kidepo Valley National Games Park.