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Heavy Rains Destroy Crops in Amuru

Among the ravaged crops are rice, cassava, beans and sim-sim belonging to more than 80 households that were already in the final stages of maturity and consequent harvests.
Bongomin Joseph`s soya bean destroyed by the hailstorm. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara
Heavy rain has destroyed more than 100 acres of crop gardens in Pabbo Sub County, Amuru district.

The overnight rainfall which started on Wednesday evening until Thursday morning was characterized by hail storms and strong winds. It affected garden crops in the parishes of Labala, Kal, Tulaliya and Ngom Rom villages.   

Among the ravaged crops are rice, cassava, beans and sim-sim belonging to more than 80 households that were already in the final stages of maturity and consequent harvests.   

Charles Otema, a local leader in Tulaliya Parish says that more than 46 acres of crop gardens including sim-sim, cassava and beans were destroyed in his area by the rain.   

He explained that farmers in the area were shocked to wake up to crops razed to the ground while others soaked in floods.  

Michael Oceng, one of the affected farmers in Tulaliya Parish says he lost two acres of cassava and beans to the destructive rain.   

He fears that his household of four children may suffer hunger since their only hope of food was on the harvest from the gardens.   

Tito Okello, the Local Council Chairperson for Kal Parish said that his office has contacted the Pabbo Sub County Chairperson notifying him of the damages incurred by the farmers.   

He says the affected farmers in his area are asking for seeds relief for the second planting season and food as well since they have been deprived of good harvests.  

John Raphael Orach, the Vice Local Council III Chairperson of Pabbo Sub County, said that their technical staff are yet to reach the scene for a fact-finding mission before forwarding it to the district.

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