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Farmers Count Losses as Dry Spell Hits Hard Kiruhura District.

By Devine Atwine,

Kiruhura.

Farmers in Kiruhura District are counting losses as the dry spell continues hitting the district hard.

According to Charles Kamomore, a dairy farmer, farmers have started moving long distances with their animals searching for water and pasture as drought persists in cattle corridor Districts especially in Kiruhura District.

Charles said their available water points and pastures have dried up and they don’t know what next.

Dr. Emmaunel Kato Rwakiruhura, also a farmer among others urged the ministry of agriculture and animal husbandry to intervene and look for an immediate solution.

Farmers want the Government to construct permanent dams across the district where they can always get water for both human consumption, irrigation, and for their animals especially in the months of serious drought.

Farmers said all these while meeting the minister for agriculture in Kiruhura District last week.

However, farmers are worried that foot and mouth disease (FMD) may seriously attack the district again since it spreads in dry seasons like this period when the district is suffering from a dry spell.

According to Seth Mwetware, a farmer, FMD mostly affects their animals due to the movement of animals while looking for water and pasture especially in Sembabule and among other surrounding Districts.

However, Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries promised to work on farmers’ demands

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