Agriculturalists call for Revival of Granaries

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Over the years, granaries were key features in rural households. They were used as a post-harvest method used to promote food security especially during cases of drought in rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. However many homesteads today have neglected the storage facilities.

Agricultural organizations are calling for an aggressive campaign for the revival of granaries in Kabarole district to avert threats of food insecurity.

The call comes amidst a prolonged drought that has left yields dry, causing panic among residents majority of whom depend on agriculture for sustenance.

Over the years, granaries were key features in rural households. They were used as a post-harvest method used to promote food security especially during cases of drought in rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa.  However many homesteads today have neglected the storage facilities.

David Baluku, the executive director of Food Security Initiative in the Rwenzori sub region says that the absence of granaries spells doom for food security in the district. Baluku challenges farmers to revive the practice in preparation for drought seasons.

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Patrick Muhereza, a farmer in Rwimi Sub County observes that with an increase in levels of poverty which force farmers to sell off whatever they harvest, to cater for other basic necessities like school fees and health care, the idea of a granary may be worthless.

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Wilber Mugisa, the chairperson Rwenzori Model Farmers Association wants districts to enact a by-law to ensure that every household has a food granary to avert food shortages.

The idea is welcomed by another farmer Agnes Kabakali, who regrets the absence of a granary in her home. Kabakali, who spends 30,000 shs daily to purchase food for her family, says the current generation of farmers does not know how to construct granaries.

But Amos Mugume, the Kabarole district agricultural officer says that enacting bylaws isn't the solution. He says that the district will instead sensitize communities on the importance of granaries.

There have been several attempts to revive granaries in Kabarole. In 2013, the food granary campaign was launched with the aim of raising household awareness about food security, but hasn't yielded any success.

According to 2012 FAO report on the state of global food insecurity, the number of 870 million people suffering from chronic undernourishment is unacceptably high, and eradication of hunger remains a major global challenge.
 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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