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Luwero Catholic Diocese Launches Campaign Against Nomadic Pastoralism

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While officially launching the campaign at the Kasana-Luweero Catholic diocese headquarters, Fr. Muheezangango, said that they have managed to secure among others 827kgs of Chloris Gayana grass seeds for distribution to the farmers in the cattle corridor.
02 Sep 2021 17:15
Rev. Fr. Hilary Muheezangango, the Director, Caritas Kasanaensis speaks at the launch of the campaign aganist nomadic pastoralism

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Kasana-Luweero Catholic diocese has launched a campaign against nomadic pastoralism. Many cattle keepers across the diocese, which covers the three civic districts including; Luwero, Nakaseke & Nakasongola still roam around with their animals in search of water and pasture.     

Many of the pastoralists mainly in Nakaseke district, stay in makeshift houses since they always on the move hunting pasture and water for their animals, which are their main source of livelihood. To improve the lives of the pastoralists who have failed to embrace modern livestock farming and earn from their animals, Kasana-Luweero Catholic diocese has decided to intervene through a campaign that will be implemented in phases.       

The dioceses through its social development arm Caritas Kasanaensis has injected Shillings 58 million in the first phase of this campaign, according to the Director Rev. Fr. Hilary Muheezangango. He says that the money is part of the Shillings1.4 Billion from the Global Climate Change Project, which is bankrolled by the Food & Agricultural Organization [FAO] in partnership with the Global Environment Facility [GEF].    

The two-year project (Global Climate Change) targeting Luwero and Nakaseke districts was launched in February this year with the aim of training 5000 farmers, establish 96 field schools and refurbish 88 schools. The money is also intended to establish watersheds, train 2400 youths in the production of fuel-saving stoves and growing 200 acres of fodder crops for hay during the dry season.    

While officially launching the campaign at the Kasana-Luweero Catholic diocese headquarters, Fr. Muheezangango, said that they have managed to secure among others 827kgs of Chloris Gayana grass seeds for distribution to the farmers in the cattle corridor. 

According to Fr Muheezangango, the grass will be of much benefit to the Cattle keepers mainly during the dry season and save them the trouble of roaming different places to feed their animals.    

Fr. Muheezangango explains that they want farmers to stop moving and rear Cattle in one place. He explains that this intervention was prompted by the adverse effects of climate change in the area, which has affected the quality of cattle in the area.        

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Witnessing the launch of the campaign, Luwero District Environment Officer-DEO Teopista Gateese called for capacity building, saying some of the Cattle keepers in the region are stuck with traditional practices.

On his part, Peter Bukenya, the Nakaseke District Senior Agricultural Officer (Sen. DAO) said the intervention has come at a time when Cattle keepers especially in Wakyato Sub-County are counting losses resulting from the dry spell.    

Msgr. Francis Xavier Mpanga, the Vicar General who represented Rt. Rev. Paul Ssemogerere, the Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese called for government intervention to encourage cattle keepers across the country to embrace modern livestock practices.