Showers Without Blessings

The heavy rainfall experienced in a number of districts continues to be a source of sleepless nights to farmers, with daily reports reaching News Hapa about floods and destroyed crops. What should have provided relief from the extended dry period at the beginning of the year has itself turned into a curse.

A citizen report from Koboko District by Sauda says, “There is too much rain our crops are withering.” Not very far away in Arua, the story continues. Arionzi Felix of Awaliyo Primary School in Ajia Subcounty sends us this report, “There is too much rain in Ajia Subcounty Arua District. Crops are dying. We expect famine next year. Government should intervene as there are many potholes along Arua Pawor road,” while Joet Osborn from Ogoko sub-county says, “There is a serious flood in Ogoko sub-county covering some part of Degia village.” He tells News Hapa that lots of crops have been destroyed, including maize, millet and cassava farms. And from Yumbe, Yawuga Remijo laments that the rain has washed away the crops in his district and fears that his home area may become swamped in the near future.

This seems to be the lament on everyone’s lips in this area, judging from the reports coming into News Hapa and the stories that we have ran recently on this topic, like these two from Moyo (http://www.news-hapa.com/story/74/), and Amuru (http://www.news-hapa.com/story/73/). However, there are a few still complaining about the scorching sun, or rather the unpredictable nature of the weather of late. Pido Michael from Adjumani district, which neighbors both Arua and Yumbe, had this to say. “The sun is too hot! Just in April, all the crops were burnt down & we're expecting the worst come 2014, it's the hunger time reloaded. Now the rain pattern is quit un-understandable; between May & early August, it rained until gardens were flooded including my own. But for over 10days now we haven't seen even a mere drop of it, it's the biggest challenge we're born in.”

- Sept. 2, 2013
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