Thousands of households in Pader awaits hunger as drought smashes gardens



By Ojara Daniel

Over 7,000 out of the known 34,183 households as per the 2014 national housing and population census are living in fears as harsh drought paid visits to their crop gardens.

The northern Uganda district of Pader locals say they will suffer from prolong hunger after the festive season’s dryness affected their crops.

Sub-counties mostly affected by drought are preparing to face hunger are; Laguti, Acholibur, Latanya, Lapul and Pajule.

According to the report from the farmers during a training in Gulu town recently, they described the problem to the climate change.

Phillip Odong a peasant farmer in Laguti sub-county in Pader says their crops were also damaged from the gardens due to flood in between May to July last year.

Benedict Opio, another farmer from Latanya sub-county also says climate change has left their crops to dry off from the garden in late 2018.

They are now appealing to the well-wishers, NGOs and government to support them with relief food items.

Pader district has a total population of 178,004 people, as per the 2014 National Housing and Population Census.

The district authorities could not be available for comments by press time.


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