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Food Crisis Hits Karusandara Sub County As Water Logging Destroys Crops

More than 30, 000 acres of crops were destroyed by floods that hit the district in May leaving over 500 households without a stable source of food.
Banana is the most affected crops that is drying up due to water log

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A food crisis has hit Karusandara Sub County in Kasese district after crop gardens were destroyed by water logging following the flooding in the area.

More than 30, 000 acres of crops were destroyed by floods that hit the district in May leaving over 500 households without a stable source of food. The most affected crops are banana, maize and coffee.

Silver Mbwambale a farmer from Kivengenyi village lost four and a half acres of banana plantations to water logging which has affected both his income and food for consumption.

The farmer has also lost his 5 acres of vanilla garden that had initially survived the floods.

He says that he has no food to feed his eight family members. 

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Another farmer Timothy Kagweza from Kyalanga parish says due to silting of River Nyamwamba and other man-made irrigation points in the area, his 5 acres of banana are rotting.

"At first many of the bananas were washed away by floods but now even the surviving ones have dried so we are both at a threat of famine and lack of money," Kagweza.

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Wilson Ninsiima from Kikoga Village says the floods have dashed their hopes for an expected bumper harvest following a dry spell that had hit the area last year. He says that it could take between 6 and 8 months for farmers to replant again in the same fields.

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Amos Kasasira a cattle keeper in Nyabubale parish is worried that the situation is likely to slow pasture growth and affect diary production.

"Because even the grass itself is drying up and this means we will not have pasture for our animals," Kasasira notes.

 Busongora South MP Jackson Kathika Mbaju says that residents should adapt mechanisms aimed at reducing disaster risks especially combating effects of climate change.

He says the local leaders have asked the government to ensure that River Nyamwamba is desilted so that the water can get back to its course.

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Last week the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga asked the government to expedite the process of de-silting river Nyamwamba.

Since 2013, the river has shifted from its original course during floods creating about three other tributaries through Karusandara sub-county.

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