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Napak Residents Asked to Embrace Kitchen Gardening to Fight Hunger

Abraham Nangiro, the Napak District Agricultural Officer, says that the communities should consider starting up kitchen gardens for vegetables to improve food security instead of sitting to wait for relief support. However the district officials have advised the residents to make the best use of the available water sources such as boreholes to grow vegetables in order to rescue the hunger situation and avert malnutrition.
A sample of Kitchen garden in Nakapiripirit district

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Residents in Napak district have been encouraged to invest in kitchen gardening to avert hunger in their families as they wait for government relief. Kitchen Gardening is a simple farming method that mainly produces vegetables such as tomatoes, greens, eggplants, and onions among others within the compound. 

Currently, the families in Napak district are battling starvation due to the lack of food resulting from the drought that destroyed their crops. However, the district officials have advised the residents to make better use of the available water sources such as boreholes to grow vegetables to escape and avert malnutrition. Abraham Nangiro, the Napak District Agricultural Officer, says that the communities should consider starting up kitchen gardens for vegetables to improve food security instead of sitting to wait for relief support.

Nangiro noted that unpredictable weather patterns have contributed to low food production in the district and it would be wise for the households to establish small gardens around their compounds, which are easily managed.  Nangiro observed that vegetable farming would help farmers to avert hunger in their households and cut down on food costs. 

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Meanwhile, some of the residents who spoke to our reporter noted that it is not possible to start the kitchen gardens due to water scarcity accompanied by too much heat. Asunta Napeyok, a resident of Lotome Sub County stressed that they are grappling with both water and food crises, which may not enable them to carry out modern farming.

She revealed that other communities still walk for over 10 kilometers in search of clean water and this makes the idea of kitchen gardening impossible.  Napeyok noted that although kitchen gardening would be a great idea for them, there is not enough water for watering the plants.

She appealed to the government to consider bringing more boreholes closer to the village so that the community would be able to water the plants. Josephine Alinga, a resident of Kangole town council said that the excessive heat has affected the operation of boreholes because the water levels have dropped.

Alinga said that they have tried all avenues of farming but unfortunately, the water scarcity has been frustrating their efforts. "Getting water for domestic use is already a challenge to us, what about the one we shall be using for irrigation, where will it come from" Alinga wondered. She said that they would be able to produce their own food, especially from the kitchen gardens provided there is a reliable source of water for irrigation.

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