RUKUNGIRI RDC TIPS FARMERS ON FOOD SECURITY
By Barak Tukashaba
Rukungiri Resident district commissioner RDC Martin Mugabe has advised people in the district to store part of their harvests in a measure to ensure food security.
He says residents should learn from last year’s experience where hunger killed five people in Bwambara Sub County and forced close to 150 others from their homes.
This comes at a time when many farmers across the country are
harvesting especially Millet and Maize.
The RDC calls upon farmers to embrace the use of granaries where they keep food for future consumption instead of wholesomely selling off all the produce.
“Last year we lost people, due to hunger and women committed adultery in exchange of food as they had anything to eat. It is high time to have granaries back in place” he said.
In June last year, famine broke out in the district as a result of prolonged drought spell that left garden crops dry.
More than 900 families in Bwambara Sub-county were registered suffering from food shortage.
He blamed the hard hit drought on encroachment and planting trees in swamps.
“We are coming back to cut down trees planted in swamps again please preserve the environment and stop encroaching on our wetlands” he warned.
Source:www.mknewslink.com;a western Uganda news website.