John Bosco Oloya, the LCV Councilor Omiya Pachwa sub-county, said that 15 elephants again invaded three villages of Kato, coo-odong, and Coo-odong North in Lujim parish on Monday and destroyed at least 50 acres of crops.
More than 50 acres of crops in Agago District have been destroyed by marauding
The group of more than 10 elephants invaded the area last week and destroyed acres
of crop gardens in the villages of Morulem, Kicok and Lamica in Lojim parish,
Omiya Pachwa sub-county.
Oloya, the LCV Councilor Omiya Pachwa sub-county, said that 15 elephants again
invaded three villages of Kato, coo-odong, and Coo-odong North in Lujim parish
on Monday and destroyed at least 50 acres of crops.
Oloya estimates that the destruction by elephants of crops such as sunflower,
maize, simsim, millet, sorghum, and soybeans is worth about 40 million
//Cue in: “Dul lyec ma…
…cen I Kidepo.”//
Translation:A group of more than 15 animals that came from Kidepo Valley National Game
Park caused destruction to crops in Lojim Parish, especially in the villages of
Kato, Coo dong, and Coodong North. More than 50 acres of crops, estimated at
more than 40 million shillings were destroyed. The most affected crops are
sunflowers, simsim, maize, sorghum, millet, and soybeans. People experienced
famine due to the prolonged drought and attacks by Karamojong made many not
plant crops. So when the rains returned, people planted many crops, and
unfortunately, the elephants destroyed them again. Therefore, I am appealing to
the officials at UWA, the chief warden of Kidepo, to ensure that the elephants
to driven back to the park.
He says that the leaders are compiling the number of acres destroyed so that it
is forwarded to the production department for further action.
//Cue in: “We have sent…”
Cue out: …
the district level.”//
Layet, one of the farmers in Kato village, Lojim Parish, says the elephants
destroyed five acres of her crops which included maize, millet, and cassava.
She said her neighbors also lost crops ranging from 5-8 acres.
after the drought, she had hope of getting a reasonable yield, but the
elephants left no crop standing.
//Cue in: “Lyec ocamo gangway…”
Cue out: …wa nyige acel.”//
Odwar, the sub-county of Omiya Pachwa sub-county said they are yet to count the
number of acres destroyed.
“There are so…”
.just crying in their gardens.”//
Ojok, the LCVB Chairperson Agago, says he needs to visit the gardens destroyed
by the elephants together with other Stakeholders and know the exact number of
people that have been affected.
//Cue in: “Dano ogoyo oduru…
Cue out: …me
Ojok revealed that last month, the marauding buffalos also destroyed crops in
Kaket Parish in Lapono sub-county and Lapyem and Labwa parishes in Adilang
//Cue in: “dano ogoyo oduru…”
….tye me konyogi.”//
Ojok said the attacks by stray animals are compounding the food insecurity
caused by Karamojong warriors and erratic weather.
“Ikare eni ma…”
…tye ka mede.”//
Ojok however said the officials from UWA are yet
to compensate the victims of the stray buffaloes.