FOOD HARVEST EXPECTED IN THE GREEN BELTS OF KARAMOJA REGION-ALFRED OPUL
By James Jemo Muya and Goodluck Musinguzi
A bumper harvest of Maize and Beans is expected in the next two to three weeks in the green belts of the Karamoja region, especially the Karenga district where people are engaged in serious farming.
Alfred Opul, the Production Officer of the Karenga district says we expect to harvest food that can help to avert the looming hunger in the Karamoja region. Our farmers are hardworking despite the challenges they face.
Opul said the district production committee working with development partners is ready to support farmers in the next season so that there is enough food to eat and sell to other districts.
Karenga district is one district out of the 9 in the Karamoja region that expects a high crop yield despite the high rate of starvation in other areas.
The Office of the Prime Minister has distributed relief food in different parts of the Karamoja region to avert hunger that is threatening people’s lives.
Other districts that expect some food harvests are Napak, Nakapiripirit, Abim and Nabilatuk which will feed the stressed districts of Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and Amudat.
Karenga district is known to always have high yields with the main crop being maize. Many hectares of land are being opened near Kidepo National Park. Karenga district with 9 sub-counties of Lobalangit, Kawualakol, Kapedo, Lokori, Kakwanga, Sangar, Karenga SC, Karenga TC, and Kidepo SC covered with cultivated hectares of land with maize plantations.
Gardens are already in the fruiting stage and will be harvested within a month’s time or less. This district can feed the whole Karamoja Region once the government takes in projects of seed supply and supports farmers.
Other farmers are taking advantage of the rainy season to open fields ready for planting.