Rwimi Dairy Farmers Embrace Water Harvesting

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Moses Kisembo, a dairy farmer says he resolved to invest in water harvesting in order to avoid being affected by drought. Kisembo explains that in the past, he paid a heavy price of spraying his animals daily after contracting diseases from dirty water sources, where he would water them.

Dairy farmers in Rwimi Sub County in Kabarole district have turned to Water Harvesting to address the problem of water shortage. It follows the passing of a bylaw Kabarole district council in 2014 requiring each household to engage in water harvesting.

 
Access to safe clean for domestic and agricultural use water remains a challenge for cattle keepers in the sub county. Some of the water points have broken down and have never been repaired leaving several households without water.


The bylaw has so far paid off with several dairy farmers constructing large pots and cement tanks to harvest rain water. The water is collected from the roofs of the houses with the help of a gutter placed around the edges of the building, which then drains water into the tank.


In Kakonga parish, more than 30 dairy farmers have large water tanks in their compounds. The tanks are constructed using bricks and cement. The tank, which can store up to 2500 liters of water, is fitted with a tap on the sides. The water can last for between five to eight months.
  

Moses Kisembo, a dairy farmer says he resolved to invest in water harvesting in order to avoid being affected by drought. Kisembo explains that in the past, he paid a heavy price of spraying his animals daily after contracting diseases from dirty water sources, where he would water them.

 
//Cue in: "No enough water…
Cue out: …the diseases"//

 
Vincent Karamagi, another farmer says that since the enforcement of the bylaw, he has been harvesting enough water for his animals.  Karamagi has managed to construct two huge ponds in his farms to hold water for close to four months.


//Cue in: "The water tanks…
//Cue out: …get enough water"//

 
Bernard Tugume, a dairy farmer in Rwimi town council is bitter with the district for failure to construct water sources. Tugume explains says that he is yet to construct a water tank because he lacks funds. Moses Mwirumubi, the acting district production coordinator, says they are not able to construct water sources in all parts of the district due to limited funds. 



Harriet Magezi, the Rwenzori region coordinator of Uganda Rain Water Harvesting Association, says that more than 300 dairy farmer groups in the district have been trained on how to harvest rain water for domestic consumption using simple methods like erecting corrugated iron sheet roofs and building permanent storage tanks.
 
 
Last year, Ministry of Water and Environment started drafting a policy to promote rain water harvesting across the country. Under the scheme several rainwater tanks and reservoirs will be constructed, especially in drought prone areas. 
 
 

 

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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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