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Omoro Hailstorm Victims Ask Gov't For Relief

The farmers from the parishes of Gem, Opwac and Jaka parishes in Lalogi Sub County lost over 600 acres of crop gardens that were due for harvest to a heavy rainfall that was accompanied by strong wind and hailstorm and lasted for several hours.
Bongomin Joseph`s soya bean destroyed by the hailstorm. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara
More than 167 farmers in Omoro district have asked the government for food relief and seed following a devastating hailstorm.

The farmers from the parishes of Gem, Opwac and Jaka parishes in Lalogi Sub County lost over 600 acres of crop gardens that were due for harvest to a heavy rainfall that was accompanied by strong wind and hailstorm and lasted for several hours.

The crops which include cassava, soya beans, sim-sim, sunflower, maize and beans among others were destroyed while some were soaked in floods and currently rotting away.

Charles Onac from Opwac Village, who lost seven acres of soya beans and cotton, says that he is currently stuck without seeds for the second planting season.  

Onac, a father to six says he had opted to use part of the harvest from his soya beans for food and seeds while the cotton he had planned to sell and keep part of it for seeds for the second planting which is due at the end of August. 

Luo Audio: 

//Cue in: ‘’en gina dong…   

Cue out: …moo o onen.’’//   

Eng. Translation.   

‘’The only thing we used to survive on and it is now destroyed, and this is even the second season and we are now in despair. We did not get any yields from beans, drought and the hailstorm destroyed them all.’’    

Michael Obua, another farmer disclosed that he had injected 1.3 Million Shillings on his four and a half acres’ beans crop but only to see it going to waste due to the heavy rain and hailstorm.  

Obua who says he had expected to realize more than five million shillings from the harvest is now helpless since the whole garden was soaked in floods and damaged the yet to be harvested bean crops.  

He is now appealing to the government through the Lalogi Leadership to assist them with food for their households as well as seeds for the second planting season.  

Opwac Village Local Chairperson, Richard Otto says his office has already submitted a list of the gravely affected farmers to the office of Catherine Lamwaka, the Omoro district woman Member of Parliament seeking seeds and food relief.  

Lalogi Sub County Chairperson, Richard Alima note that the destruction poses food insecurity in the area. He says that they are incapacitated to support the farmers but noted that they are coordinating with the government and development partners for assistance.    

Luo Audio:  

//Cue in: ‘’Sub County eni…   

Cue out: …ci ki mii.’’//  

Eng. Translation:   

‘’The sub-county is incapacitated to get relief for the farmers, the sub-county receives money quarterly, even up to now we have not received money for the third quarter. We are now engaging the top leaders to help the affected farmers.’’  

Lalogi Sub County is not the only place that has been hit by a hailstorm in Omoro district, early last month, thousands of acres of crops gardens were also destroyed by a hailstorm in Lamindera Sub County.   

Gulu and Amuru districts have equally witnessed grave destruction from a hailstorm in the past few months leaving thousands of farmers stranded.

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