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Farmers in Acholi Start Early Preparation for First Planting Season

In most areas, the farmers have started clearing their plots of land through, ploughing with oxen, and rudimentary farm tools while others also sorting their seeds ready for planting in the coming months.
Maize garden in Omoro district. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Farmers in the Acholi Sub Region have started early preparation for this year’s first planting season following the resumption of light rains in the area.

Acholi Sub Region has in the past one week been experiencing rains, raising hopes among farmers.  

In most areas, the farmers have started clearing their plots of land through, ploughing with oxen, and rudimentary farm tools while others also sorting their seeds ready for planting in the coming months.  

Grace Abalo, a farmer in Loyo Ajonga Village in Omoro District says that she has already started opening up her sixteen acres plots of land and would leave it to fallow ahead of the first season that will probably start in late March this year. 

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Abalo intends to plant nine acres of Soybean, three acres of groundnuts, three acres of maize, and an acre of bean for both commercial and subsistence purposes.   

William Oneka, another farmer said that he has also started bush clearing on his three acres plot of land as the early rain set in.   Oneka intends to plant sunflowers in his garden for the first season.   

Kerobino Okot, the LCI Chairperson Labworomor Village said that the early rain has given him hope and by Wednesday he has opened up an acre of land ahead of the first planting season. 

He is still uncertain about either planting sunflower, maize, or beans. 

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Chris Obita Malek, a farmer in Apaa Township bordering Amuru and Adjumani districts also said that by Wednesday this week he had already opened up two acres of land and planning to plant groundnuts and millet no later than March. 

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However, Testimony Aol, an environmentalist in Adjumani district advised that farmers should not get excited by the current rain and start planting seeds noting that the rain is linked to climate change which is prone to subside at any time.    

She also rooted in the need for massive tree planting and preservation of the environment in order to avert the harsh weather conditions. 

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The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), on Wednesday, advised the farming community to take advantage of the current rains to carry out land preparation in anticipation of the first seasonal rains of the March to May season.  

They further noted that the rainfall is expected to gradually reduce over most parts of the country in about one week and later on dry conditions are expected to resume until the end of February.  

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