Kabarole Rice Farmers Face Uncertain Future


In short
Latest figures from the district agricultural department indicate that rice production in Rwimi sub-county has reduced from 1500 bags to 800 in the past one year.

Rice farmers in Rwimi sub-county, Kabarole district are facing an uncertain future, following a drastic drop in rice yields. 
The sub-county is known for rice growing, with seventy percent of the residents engaged in rice production.
Latest figures from the district agricultural department however indicate that production has reduced from 1500 bags to 800 in the past one year. 
Florence Muhenda, a rice farmer in Kakonga parish says during the dry season, several farmers have lost their crops and are left with nothing to sell and consume. She explains that she is finding it difficult to find sufficient water for her three acres of rice. 

Robinah Kaswara, another farmer says she does not use manure and other fertilizers on the poor soil because they are expensive. According to Kaswara, she harvested only ten kilograms of rice from one acre garden in the last season, blaming the declining yields on poor soils.
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Felix Balisanga, another farmer instead blames the farmers for not able to use the available rivers to irrigate their gardens.
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Steven Musinguzi, an extension officer in-charge Bunyagabu County says the agricultural department can only encourage them to grow drought resistant crops and engage in rain water harvesting.

He also adds that with the help of the National Crops Resources Research Institute in Namulonge, there are plans to train rice farmers on the effective use of fertilizers which will help to increase rice production on the small pieces of land. 
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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.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

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