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
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
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.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc