The Chairperson of Ayuu Alali Sugarcane Out-growers Cooperative Society Francis Ojwiya says the move will involve clearing approximately 30 feet area between the cane block plantations and the neighboring natural grass or bushes as the dry season sets in.
Sugarcane farmers in the Ayuu Alali parish, Palabek Kal Sub County
in Lamwo district have started creating buffer zones along sugarcane
plantations to reduce possibilities of wildfire damage.
The Chairperson of Ayuu Alali Sugarcane Out-growers Cooperative
Society Francis Ojwiya says the move will involve clearing approximately 30
feet area between the cane block plantations and the neighbouring natural grass
or bushes as the dry season sets in. According to Ojwiya, this time
around the dry season between November to March, uncontrolled wildfires caused
by indiscriminate burning of bushes are predominately prevalent each year in
Several groups that include hunters who while in pursuit of edible
rats, livestock farmers in dire quest of fresh pasture for their animals and
crop farmers who clear farmlands for next planting season have always been
faulted for igniting bush fires.
Ojwiya says such uncontrolled fires characterized by dry weather,
strong winds that make the fires spread very fast if left unabated could be too
disastrous to the 5,000 hectares of cane plantations so far planted in the
Mohamoud Abdi Mohamed, the Executive Director of Horyal Holdings
Ltd, the company managing the cane project in the area says they will also
create defensible spaces between the sugarcane blocks to avert fire spreading
to other plantations in the event where fire spreads across the buffers.
According to Mohamoud, the innovations will not only protect the
cane from destruction by wildfires but also avert possible horrific loss of
life, property, and personal possession of the benefiting farmers.
Mohamoud also says the company will in the meantime also provide some funding
to help beneficiary farmers control fires since the current growing sugar cane
has been earmarked as cane seed for planting in another 10,000 hectares
awaiting planting in April next year.
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Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says
apart from creating the buffer zones, security will enhance surveillance and
also deploy drones to monitor unscrupulous persons and arsonists with
intentions of igniting fires on the plantations.
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Kidega also stressed on the need to sensitize the residents on the
dangers of bush burning to the sugarcane project and the fight against