KAMPALA- As floods wreak havoc across the country, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has warned of severe drought between November this year to February 2021 that will cause food scarcity in the country.
This warning was given in Kampala during the handover of 190 motorcycles by FAO to 29 Local Governments in the cattle corridor, West Nile and Karamoja Sub-region.
The FAO Country Representative, Antonio Querido told journalists that agricultural extension workers in 29 districts would use the motorcycles to reach out to farmers and increase awareness on climate change interventions such as planting trees and water conservation.
“It is our hope that these motorcycles will assist the movement of the personnel of beneficiary government agencies and civil society organisations in providing the much-needed extension and awareness creation services to help farmers adopt climate-smart agricultural practices and build their resilience to climate-related shocks,” Antonio said.
The climate change expert at FAO Country office Emmanuel Zziwa , told this Online Publication in an interview that several districts such as Kabale, Luweero, Amolatar and Katakwi are already experiencing disastrous heat waves that affect agricultural productivity.
“The prediction of the drought that is expected to occur from November this year to February 2021 was made by Uganda Meteorological Authority,” Zziwa said.
Zziwa therefore appealed to farmers to mitigate measures by putting in place measures to ensure that the dry season does not take them unaware.
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