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Busoga Farmers Blame Climate Change on Sugarcane Farming

Farmers in Busoga have identified sugarcane plantation, find http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-e-commerce/wpsc-includes/customer.php deforestation, site wetland and soil degradation and poor waste management as the major challenges to climatic change that need due attention to avert the alarming vice.

During a two day workshop for selected farmers from the various districts of Busoga supported by DENIVA and USAID at Jinja district council Hall that ended on Saturday, buy farmers tasked Busoga Kingdom administration to spearhead a massive tree planning campaign and make an administrative pronouncement over sugarcane farming in a bid to conserve the environment.

Samson Kawuzi, the Chairman for Balawoli Sub County in Kamuli district decried the increasing practice of cutting forests and reclaiming swamps for sugarcane farming as a challenge to the climate in Busoga.

“One other challenge we have is that the environment regulatory bodies seem to be compromised and ignore their duty of watching over all the resources and factors that wonder the environment and climate if not handled properly,” he said.

However, Prof Oweyegha Afunadula, blamed the alarming climatic change to voting into power leaders who are environmentally illiterate whom he says instead of fighting through their authority to protect the environment, they promote its depletion and degradation.

“What our leaders know is to divide wetlands and forests into plots and share them instead of protecting them and worse still they manipulate any existing law to subdue the common people,” he said.

Afunadula who is an environmental advocate tasked voters to always make a track record of people seeking their votes to assess how they have been friendly or hostile to the environment before entrusting them into leadership positions.

According to Faith Namansa, working with DENIVA to support farmers understand climate change and its adversity, the workshop geared to soliciting local man’s ideas that can be integrated for development of a national policy regarding protection and conservation of their environment.

“We are conducting such workshops in the various regions and after which we shall aggregate issues for national level policy engagement” she said

Conducted under the theme, ‘Improving Local Stakeholders readiness to adaption to climate change in agricultural projects”, the workshop attracted majorly farmers under associations from Kamuli, Jinja,
Mayuge and Namutumba, sub county chairpersons, environmental officers and agriculturalists from across Busoga sub region.

Jinja District Principal Secretary, Nathan Kitakule who presided over the closure of the workshop advised farmers to plant more fruit trees like jack fruit, ovacado, and mangoes instead of sugarcane that is now
a common phenomenon in Busoga.

“The advantage with fruit trees is that as we conserve the environment, we are also increasing our food security because such fruits can be eaten and are nutritious to our bodies” Kitakule said.

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