By Kisande Sedrack Felix
Farmers in Kirembe Ward, Central division Kasese Municipality, are counting losses after elephants from Queen Elizabeth National Park Strayed into their gardens.
Janet Musoki one of the affected farmers in Ekyababinga farms told www.mknewslink.com that for close to three years, there have been disturbances from stray animals.
Musoki added that this year, she sought financial assistance of from Kidodo Farmers Association to enable her to do farming and thus was looking forward to paying the loan with proceeds from the harvest. She also revealed that she had invested at least, 700, 000 Shillings in the rent, cultivation and pesticides on the piece of land.
She added that elephants from Uganda’s second largest park strayed again last Wednesday destroying all the crops on her piece of land.
However, Edward Asalu, the Conservation Area Manager Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area warned the population against killing wildlife instead urges the community to cooperate with UWA in managing animals that stray into their crops.
Asalu said that they have also given the community tools like whistles to scare away the animals explaining that since most of the raids take place at night, UWA might not be readily available unless informed on time.
Asalu added that UWA is still constrained by the law on compensation since there is no provision in the Wildlife Act for compensating anybody when their properties are destroyed by wildlife.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website