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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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FOUR SHOT DEAD IN MUKONO

Four people have been shot dead in Mukono, and scores injured when gun men raided a Mobile Money Kiosk in Nabuti trading center.

The thugs opened fire to the crowds at about 9pm killing

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The government has this afternoon, withdrawn the application for interim orders that it had sought fresh ban of all the defiance campaign activities of opposition Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC)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

Investment Body Launches Web Portal

Kampala – The Uganda Investment Authority - UIA has launched a one-stop Center for investment, code named the e-biz portal set to fasten the proceedings involved in investment into the Country. The new innovation is projected to provide a major mileage towards improvement of the investment climate in the country, with the final solution to be reached in June 2016.

SOUTH AFRICAN DPP URGES GOVERNMENTS TO PROVIDE SECURITY TO PROSECUTORS

The South African National Director of Public Prosecutions advocates Shaun Abrahams calls on African Government to provide top security to prosecutors given the nature of crime that happens of late. Mr Shaun was speaking at the first maiden memorial lecture for the late Joan Kagezi, who was slain by unknown assailants a year ago. Shaun was the main speaker at the lecture

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BESIGYE BLASTS IPOD OVER MUSEVENI MEETING

Jailed Forum for Democratic Change strongman Col. [Rtd] Dr. Kizza Besigye has lambasted opposition politicians who met President Museveni under the auspices of the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue or IPOD.

Besigye’s rebuttal comes after it emerged that the politicians

JUDICIARY ACQUIRES NEW TECHNOLOGY

Kampala - The judiciary has launched a new closed circuit audio-visual evidence taking link technology to bolster the process of receiving evidences from the most vulnerable witnesses in court. The audio-visual link will help the court circuits across the country receive evidence without a person physically appearing in court to give evidence.

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.

VENDORS CRY FOUL OVER LOW EASTER SALES

Market vendors selling utilities, like food, chicken, tomatoes, are crying for low sale turn ups during this festive season. A number of markets we reached to, vendors are still stranded with their commodities, with no customers yet, and those appearing, want to buy at low prices. Walking through various markets in Kampala metropolitan