The farmers who are getting seeds from Operation Wealth Creation, OWC, NUSAF 3 and partners are worried that their seeds might not get ample rains since they don’t have any means of opening land apart from using hand hoes.
Farmers in Napak District have raised concerns over the absence of
tractors and oxen for ploughing as rains start in Karamoja.
The farmers who are getting seeds from Operation Wealth Creation, OWC, NUSAF 3
and partners are worried that their seeds might not get ample rains since they
don’t have any means of opening land apart from using hand hoes.
They fear that situation on hunger might continue if no means is
provided to enable them open bigger expanses of land for cultivation.
While receiving sorghum seeds from the district headquarters on Monday, Charles
Lomongin Lokwii, a resident of Police Village in Lokitedet parish, Matany Sub
County says that much as they are excited with the rains, there is little hope
for good harvests due to limited capacity to open more land.
“We are so happy for the rains. We have been suffering with drought because
there was no water for use at home or even animals as all the valley dams dried
up. Now that these rains have started, we shall plant but we don’t have oxen to
help us open huge expanses of land. Only few people with oxen can do better.
Some of us without oxen use our hands or look for money to hire oxen but are
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Anne Angella, another resident in Lokitedet says she has been
starving for days with her five- month baby. She says that part of the sorghum
will be for flour and the remaining balance sowed since she doesn’t have oxen
or tractor for ploughing.
“We have nothing to eat. We survive by doing casual labor. We are
starving; as you see, I have not eaten anything since morning. There is no
breastmilk for my child. These seeds, I will wash some to remove the pesticide
and grind than the balance will be sowed. I don’t have oxen for ploughing”
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Maria Moru, another farmer in Lorengechora town council says she
will plant whatever she can but has no strength to sow all the seeds given. She
notes that most the community in her village survive on tree leaves and their
fruits daily, something she observes cannot provide enough strength to till the
“I will sow whatever I can. I don’t have oxen. If there is any means for
opening land, I would be very grateful. There hunger here and we survive on
tree leaves together with our children”.
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But John Lodungokol, the district production, and marketing
officer in Napak says a number of farmers are not able to meet the requirements
laid by government to access a tractor. He notes that although they have
registered eight farmer groups in the district, many other individual farmers
have been left out.
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Napak district has so far received 12,000 kilograms of sorghum and 8,000
kilograms of cow peas varieties for the first planting season that started in
Due to harsh weather conditions, some farmers fail to plant seeds distributed
by government or make use of the tractors that are given. In most cases, the
seeds are either distributed late or fail to sprout because of water shortage.