Livestock farmers in Buliisa district are counting losses after the long dry spell hit the area leaving their herds of cattle dead due to shortage of grass and water.
According to residents, rain is only received in areas near Murchison Falls National Park whereas other areas are still dry and hot despite it being rainy season for most parts of the country.
Livestock farming has been supporting the residents of Buliisa for decades; however, with the current prolonged dry spell that has hit the region, cattle keepers are counting losses as their herds of Cattle have died due to lack of water and pasture.
Alice Kazimura, a resident of Kakindo Village in Buliisa Town Council says she has lost over eight animals, making it one of the worst dry season ever experience in Bungungu areas.
“Whereas other areas like Biiso Sub County are receiving rain, here our cattle are dying; a cattle now goes to 70.000 shillings,” she says.
John Asiimwe, another cattle keeper from Bulisa town council says he has lost over twenty animals. He says shortage of water and pasture has forced some pastoralist to invade the national game reserve to graze their animals, but this has result into diseases outbreak apparently associated with wild animals.
“The only source of water for now in Bulisa is either Lake Albert or river Waiga which is about 15 kilometers away from his residence in Kakikndo cell in Bulisa town council. Even in the park there is grass though we are not allowed to go there,” he notes
Fred Nkubalirwa another farmer calls upon the government to intervene by constructing water reservoirs as it has done to Karamoja so that they can also have water during dry seasons for their animals in such a crisis.
COMPILED BY PETER AKUGIZIBWE