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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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MINISTER CAUTION MEDICS ON SALARY

Masaka-State minister for Microfinance Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo has asked medics to start up private income generating ventures instead of fighting for salary increments which may not be possible in the near future. The Minister says, since the medics work in shifts, they should utilize the time when they are not on duty to monitor or run their other businesses than demanding for

KABAKA CELEBRATES 62 YEARS

By UTN Reporter Wakiso - A mammoth gathering poured at Lubiri High School in Wakiso district as Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II celebrated his 62 birth day. Numerous dignitaries from Mengo and the Central government blessed the function as well as the royal family.

Gen Ssejusa Charged and Remanded To Luzira

Accused of awol he challenges charges against him. The former Director of Military Intelligence Gen David Sejusa Tinyefunza has been charged and remanded to Luzira Prison amidst protest from his lawyers who claim that the charges are defective because he challenged the same in the High court. Gen Sejusa appeared before a panel of 7 chaired by Maj Gen Levis LD

ORIENT BANK STARTS ENTREPRENUERSHIP ACADEMY

Orient bank has commenced are financial literacy and entrepreneurship program set to offer grants of up to 30 million Ugandan shillings to existing businesses that have leaved up five year across the country.

The program funded by the bank aims at alleviating

COURT SUSPENDS SEJUSA TRIAL IN GCM

High court Judge Justice Margaret Oguli has suspended the trial of Gen Sejusa in the GCM pending hearing and disposal of the main application before High Court-Civil Division.

The Judges suspension follows the application to this court by Sejusa

BRIG. MUHOOZI PROMOTED TO MAJ. GEN

The Commander in Chief of Uganda’s armed forces, Gen. Yoweri Museveni has promoted his son and commander of the elite presidential Special Forces Command Brig Gen. Muhoozi Kainrugaba to the rank of Major General.

This is the latest promotion to Maj Gen. Muhoozi after spending only two years on the rank of Brigadier General.

others promoted is Col. Stephen Sabiti Muzeyi to the rank of Brigadier General. Brig Gen. Sabiti Muzeyi has been the deputy commander of the elite presidential Special Force Command until last week when he was replaced by Col. Don.

In side sources reveal that Brig Gen. Sabiti Muzeyi is supposed to go for further studies in a US prestigious military staff command college.

Also in active service promoted is the commander of the Air Force Col.

Charles Lutaaya to Brigadier General. Brig

CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE PALM SUNDAY

Hundreds of believers turned up St. Philips and Andrews Cathedral Mukono to mark Palm Sunday the days when Jesus matched into Jerusalem. While presiding over the Mass, Reverand Titus Baraka said that some of believers do not reflect Christianity in their daily lives which they should change during this Easter season.

GOVT WITHDRAWS DEFIANCE CAMPAIGN APPLICATION

The government has this afternoon, withdrawn the application for interim orders that it had sought fresh ban of all the defiance campaign activities of opposition Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) and those of former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

The withdraw of the interim application came alive this afternoon

IAAF AID UGANDA SHILLING GAIN AGAINST DOLLAR

By UTN Business Reporter

Kampala - The Uganda Shilling has significantly gained value in relation to the US Dollar in a space of 3 days. The Uganda Shilling by Thursday traded at 3,590.79 / 3,600.70 as compared to Tuesday at 3,591.35 / 3,601.35 buying and selling respectively.