UWA to Nwoya farmers: We won’t compensate you for crop gardens damaged

Nwoya district farmers are in acute pains after elephants destroyed their gardens. Courtesy photo.

Nwoya – At least 18 stray Elephants from Murchison National Game Park have invaded Got Okwara village, Nyamokino parish in Lungulu sub-county destroying very many hectares of crop gardens.

Mawaa Isaya the area Local Council II chairperson in an interview with our reporter on phone Monday afternoon said that the elephants have been in his area for about three days now, destroying people’s crops.

“My office has recorded 10 cases of crop gardens shattered from different farmers in the area,” Mawaa said.

“We have communicated to Uganda wildlife Authority [UWA] for help but we have seen nothing fruitful since then,” he added.

A victim only identified as Odong whose four [4] acres of rice garden was destroyed by these stray Elephants calls for help from the Authority and the government.

“This season i have not grown any other thing apart from the rice which has been destroyed by the elephants,” Odong whose complaint has reached local authority says.

Meanwhile, Bashi Hangi who’s the Communication Manager, Uganda Wildlife Authority assured the victims that: “There is no compensation for their crops destroyed,” UWA’s Bashi told this news website Monday.

He added that unless amendment is done to UWA Act, compensation of such nature gets difficult.

Mr Hangi appealed to the Conservation Rangers to always keep in touch with the local community for immediate response whenever Elephants invade the community.

“As UWA, we are looking for long team measures of stopping to wild animals from invading people’s garden by digging trenches, putting in place electric fence, giving chili to this community to plant and practicing bee keeping,” he stated.

By exercising the above measures, Hangi says wild animals will always be repelled.

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