Government has started delivering relief food aid to the districts of Bukomansimbi, Rakai and Kalungu which have been adversely affected by drought and subsequent famine.
The distribution of the food aid follows a visit by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to the affected districts on Thursday last week to assess the food security situation.
The Premier’s visit was a response to the directive by His Excellency President Museveni to ensure that the hunger stricken people are supported.
Dr Rugunda told the people in the affected districts that Government was aware of their plight due to the global climatic changes that have hit the country, adding that it is doing all it can to ensure that they are supported.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Vincent Sempijja and the Minister of State for Water, Ronald Kibuule.
“Government will identify the most affected areas and see how best to support them with food supplements that will take them through this season,” the Prime Minister said.
The Premier said the President and the government does not want any Ugandan to suffer and will therefore respond to the people’s desperate need for food so that they do not starve.
Rugunda called upon the people to grow drought resistant crops to overcome the problems and also to take advantage of the current rainy seasons.
PM Rugunda inspects one of the cassava gardens in Kalungu as he interracts with some of the area leaders during his visit on Thursday (Photo by PMPU)
He also advised them to grow fast maturing crops and also embrace small scale irrigation to deal with the current seasonal and climatic changes.
Dr Rugunda also said the road network in Bukomansimbi will be worked on to enable and ease people’s access to the markets to sell their agricultural products.
The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Vincent Ssempija thanked the people for supporting NRM and President Museveni, and also assured them of improved service delivery under this Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo.
He also called upon the people to practise small scale irrigation in order to overcome the challenge of drought which has greatly affected the agricultural sector.
The Minister of State for water, Ronald Kibuule Pledged government’s commitment to construct and provide valley dams for the cattle keepers and piped water so that people can have clean and safe water for consumption and irrigation.
He also called upon the locals leaders to guard against political wrangles but to work together to ensure that the resources are shared and distributed equally.
PM Rugunda addresses the community during his visit to Bukomasimbi on Thursday (Photo by PMPU)
Monday, November 14, 2016
By Doreen Nasasira