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Uganda:Government loses Shs200 billion as drought devastates country
Published on 14-11-2016 - at 02:08' by Daily Monitor

Mr Ssempijja said at least Shs200 billion released to buy seedlings, inputs and other agricultural related items has been lost because of the drought that has hit the country.

Government has lost more than 85 percent of the agricultural inputs supplied to farmers in 50 districts according to Agriculture minister Vincent Ssempijja.

This financial year, the ministry used Shs360 billion to finance the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) and Youths Livelihood Programme (YLP).

Mr Ssempijja said at least Shs200 billion released to buy seedlings, inputs and other agricultural related items has been lost because of the drought that has hit the country.

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Some of the most affected districts are Rakai, Bukomansimbi, Masaka, Kalungu, Gomba, Isingiro, Lwengo, Sembabule and Butambala among others.

Mr Ssempijja made this revelation last Saturday at Lukaya Town Council in Kalungu District, where he met some of the farmers affected by the drought.

The prolonged drought has triggered crop failures in many districts around the country causing food shortages.

The government estimates about 1.3 million people face starvation in Karamoja sub-region, parts of Teso, central and western Uganda.

Mr Ronald Kibuule, the State minister for Water Resources says the government is to start irrigation around the country. He added that President Museveni has directed that small scale irrigation be started around the most affected regions as one of the strategies to mitigate effects of drought.

Recently, the President spent days working with farmers in Luweero District to irrigate their crops using water bottles.

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Dr Ruganda (L), and Kalungu District officials inspect one of the gardens where crops have failed due to prolonged drought.

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