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FARMING: GOVERNMENT TO FUND DROUGHT-RESISTANT CROPS.

Government plans to increase investments in food and livestock production, as a gloomy weather prediction for areas around the Lake Victoria Basin and other parts of the country threatens production of cash crops. According sources, money planned to boost cash crops like tea, and coffee will instead be diverted to enhance other crops’ performance in a bid to offset deficits arising from adverse climate conditions.

In the current budget, the Ministry of Agriculture has been allocated Ush707 billion ($207 million). Although this is an increase of $2.9 million from the 2015/16 financial year, it still falls below $296 million that was expected by players in the sector. The Ministry of Agriculture has therefore advised farmers to plant early maturing varieties although it has set aside money to mitigate drought and floods.

A seasonal climate outlook for June to August released by the Uganda National Meteorological Authority indicates light intermittent showers in the central region of the country. Dry conditions punctuated with occasional showers are expected up to the end of the season.

On the other hand, northern and eastern Uganda will receive normal rainfall. However, scientists warn that the rainfall forecast for the region is likely to be negated by an increase in diseases, especially malaria and other water-borne illnesses.

While Uganda’s forecast is specific to the country, dry conditions could prevail across East Africa. According to a review of the 43rd Climate Outlook Forum for the Greater Horn of Africa, held in Naivasha, Kenya, where climate experts reviewed global climate systems and the implications for seasonal rainfall in the region, it was observed that the region would experience La Ninã this year.

Uganda’s normal rainy season is March, April and May while June to December makes up the second rainy season.

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NRM ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR FUTURE BY ELECTIONS

UTN Reporter

The ruling Party National Resistance Movement (NRM) is considering going back to the drawing board to establish lop holes that might have led to the big loss in the Rukungiri by

THUGS TERRORISE VILLAGE IN LUGAZI

Lugazi - Over 200 hundred residents in Lugazi in Buikwe district have camped in the home of their mayor in fear of people who attack them at night with pangas and sticks. The residents that found at home of Lugazi mayor John Bosco Asea Onzuma says that since last some of them have been attack and wounded but police has done nothing to rescue them.

Government Dispatches 374 Medics To Combat Malaria In Acholi

In a bid to intensify efforts towards the management of the Malaria epidemic in northern Uganda, the Ministry of Health has dispatched a team of 374 health workers to the region to boost up support towards the treatment of the disease. The team includes Medical doctors, medical clinical officers and nurses contracted for a period of 30 days to offer case management at the health facility level.

MEDICAL CAMP-UGANDANS HAVE POOR HEALTH SEEKING HABITS

The increasing poverty amongst Ugandans, self medication and poor health seeking habits in Uganda each day that passes by threatens experts.

To Makindye Rotary Club most Ugandans seem to pretend being busy without time to visit hospitals leaving their

MASAKA GETS FREE SOLAR POWER

About 1500 households in two villages of Buwunga Sub County in Masaka district have been registered to benefit in a free solar power project. Masaka district woman MP Mary Babirye Kabanda announced the endowment from the United Kingdom and Australian based ‘Crossing Borders’. In two separate meetings with the residents of Bulando village in Bulando parish

ELECTORAL COMMISSION, CCEDU RECONCILE

By UTN Reporter

The electoral Commission has amended its ties with the Citizens elections monitoring body, CCEDU barely a year after the latter’s operations

POLICE FOILS PLOT TO KILL NIGERIAN NATIONAL

BY KENNEDY MUHIIRE

Police in Kampala foiled a plot to murder a Nigerian National who reportedly entered the country with gold worth shs. 300 million.

BOBI WINE SMEAR CAMPAIGN STARTS

By UTN Report

Residents in Lubaga North Constituency in Kampala woke up to shock when they found several posters depicting People Power Icon Robert Kyagulanyi Aka Bobi Wine as a neo colonialism tool used by the Western World.

FDC OPPOSITION PRESIDENT DR KIZA BESIGYE ON PROSESSION TO MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

Kampala:The Opposition President and Presidential aspirant Rtd Col. Dr Kiza Besigye is currently in a procession to Makerere University after he was released by Police shortly after his arrest.

Dr Besigye is expected to address a rally at