Hailstorm Devastates Tororo Crop Gardens

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Farmers in Kwapa Sub County in Tororo are counting losses as a result of a devastative hailstorm that hit the area today. An estimated 50 acres of crops are believed to have been destroyed by the hailstorm. George Stephen Emukule, Kwapa LC III chairman says that farmers in Morukebu and Kalaiti parishes are the most affected. He says that the lives of hundreds of residents in Morukebu and Kalait parishes are in great danger as a result of the crop destruction. Peter Oridi a farmer from Morukebu parish explains that that hailstorm accompanied by heavy floods washed several gardens of onions, potatoes, millet and cassava. He says that the crops were planted by the farmers to help them raise income and food for their families. Agnes Asio a widow says that she has lost any hope of survival because her entire garden has been washed away. Fred Emojong, Kwapa youth councilor says that they have started taking stock of the damage to submit a report to the district disaster committee for appropriate action. John Gongo, Tororo District Environment Officer attributes the disaster to the poor land use in the area. Gongo warns than unless corrective measures are taken to ensure proper land use the district should be prepared to feed the residents. Last year, government was forced to feed over 10,000 people in five sub counties in Tororo to save them from starvation.


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