Otuke district farmers are filled with panic especially with the prolonged dry spell that they believe may lead to low crop production.
Since May, most parts of Otuke have been hit by the prolonged dry spell which has even dried up crops in the garden. It is due to this that garners are worried crop production rates maybe minimal this year.
Like every other planting season, farmers had fully prepared and planted a variety of crops ranging from beans, maize, millliet to ground nuts during the first planting season of the year.
Unfortunately, unlike previously, all the crops that had started blooming and flowering increasing the farmer’s hopes have long dried and withered along with farmer’s hopes for a good harvest replacing it with anxiety.
One of the farmers Bosco Eyen voiced his fears as he worries his family shall suffer greatly since most of the crops he planted during the first season perished including two acres of simsim he had planted.
He went o to urge people from his community to quickly try option B of planting fast-growing crops so as to cover up for the losses incurred during the first season of planting.
Another farmer Grace Elong from Ogwete sun county in the same district says she is worried that her children shall surely starve to death because she doesn’t even have the chance to move and search for casual work.
Grace Elong went on to express her fears that the second season may be no difference from the first one from the look of things only meaning their chances of getting food are not any close to soon.
Conclusively, the farmers cried out to the government to come to their as all their hopes have been dried up by the dry spell although there is hope that there shall be some rain in-between mid-July to September.
Just like Bosco Eyen, the District Agricultural Officer, Bonny Ocen also urged farmers to plant fast-maturing crops especially the improved kind so as to lessen the impacts of covid-19 on them.