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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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RWOMUSHANA'S INSIGHT IN THE KASESE MURDERS

The numerous attacks on security agencies raises questions on the country’s state of security after the concluded general elections. Last evening Kasese district witnessed violent clashes between the UPDF, police and civilians. The clashes saw six civilians shot and dead. Security experts think the incidence is a

ISRAEL SEEKS BASE IN UGANDA

Israel Government is seeking to build a base in Uganda in its efforts to combat terrorism. Israel ambassador Yahel Vilan who is here on an advance visit ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit says Israel seeks to fight terrorism by relying on a strong ally in the region.

DEFENSE LAWYERS WANT BOMB SUSPECTS ACQUITTED

High Court: Lawyers representing the 13men on trial for the 2010 Kampala twin bombings have asked High court Judge Alfonse Owiny Dollo to acquit their clients of charges of Terrorism, murder, attempted murder among others.

JUDGE DIRECTS DPP IN JAMIL MUKULU SUIT

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Kampala High Court judge Eva Luswata has further adjourned the hearing of the case against former ADF rebel leader Jamil Mukulu and 38 others to 14th June following fresh emerging

KCCA CELEBRATES SANITATION DAY

Kampala - In a bid to keep Kampala city clean, Kampala capital city authority has embarked on monitoring the five divisions making Kampala city in a Kampala sanitation week which started on the 14th of this month. Today the campaign has been in Kasubi 1and 11 with a theme GOOD SANITATION HOW IS YOUR LEADER, this way they have urged the entire community to keep

ARMY SUSPENDS KASESE OPERATION

Uganda People’s Defense Force has suspended its operations in Kasese District against the royal youth brigade, Kirumira Mutima in the Kingdom. This follows a political out-cry by regional MP’s and the entire Parliament over the killings that have claimed over 110 lives, since Sunday Morning.

The Operation against the notorious group has been

GOVERNMENT LOBBIES WORLD BANK ON HOUSING MORTGAGE

Government is negotiating with the World Bank to introduce Housing Mortgage facility as a way to promote a progressive housing and urban development plan for major cities and municipalities in the Country. This follows a plea by the World Bank to Government to improve housing facilities especially in urban Centers.

USPA TO AWARD SPORTS PERSONALITIES OF 2016

Lugogo - Sports Journalists under their body USPA, Uganda Sports Press Association will award over 60 Sports personalities who excelled in year 2016 in various sports disciplines.<\p>

The sports men to be awarded were selected basing on their achievements

MAGISTRATE TO VISIT BESIGYE IN PRISON OVER ALLEGED RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Nakawa Court Chief Magistrate James Ereemye has offered himself to pay a visit to jailed Forum for Democratic Change former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye in Luzira prison where he’s being held over treason charges.

The pronouncement by Ereemye followed Dr Besigye’s continuous