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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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Bishop Donates Land For Health Center

Gulu - Retired. Rev. Bishop Nelson Onono of the Anglican Diocese of Gulu has donated over 3 acres of land for the construction of a health facility. The health facility will be used as a Rehabilitation Center for survivors of the Lokodi Massacre. While addressing residents in Lokodi Trading Centre in Gulu, Bishop Nelson Onono revealed that the health centre will be constructed with the help of a charity organization based in Sweden known as Bright Futures.

KANAABE INJURES THREE TOURISTS

Kampala - Three road users have been rushed to Mulago hospital in critical condition after they were involved in a car accident on Kimath Avenue in Kampala.

According to police preliminary investigations, a car washer only identified as

JUDICIALLY STARTS PROCESS TO RETIRE KAVUMA

By UTN Reporter

Kampala. The judicially has started the process to retire the controversial Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma who turns 70yrs on 29th September.

NGO’s DEMAND FOR GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT ON ELDERY FUND

Civil society organization and the parliamentary forum on the social protection have asked government to exhibit equity in distribution of resources amongst its citizens.

Despite its mandate, government has continued to negate its funding commitments to development partners on the SAGE program

UN Renew Gender Equality Plea

Munyonyo - The United Nations has renewed its plea for all inclusive gender equality especially for Women and Children. Through the United Nations’ Women’s Office in Uganda, the international body pushes for the implementation of the gender Equality agenda 2030 for sustainable development.

CLIMATE CHANGE: GOVERNMENT ISSUES DIRECTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE BUDGETING

Mukono - The Ministry of Finance has directed all Government ministries and department to incorporate Climate Change in their budgeting processes, as a measure to combat the world’s apparent largest threat. The Ministry of Finance has sent out a Government memo to trickle down to the lowest leadership and governance level, directing all departments

DPC CPS BAGUMA FINALLY CHARGED

Former Kampala Central Police Station, CPS DPC Aaron Baguma has been charged and remanded to Kigo government prison on charges relating to Murder of a business woman last year.

Baguma stealfully in company of his lawyer Abraham Mpumwire turned himself in

BYANDALA HAS CASE TO ANSWER

By UTN Reporter

The Anti-corruption Court in Kololo has ruled that former works Minister Abraham Byandala has a case to answer in the Katosi road saga.

COURT DECLINE TO GRANT INTERIM STAYING MPS MONEY FOR THE CARS

The constitutional court has declined to grant an interim staying parliament and govt to release money for the Mps cars despite of the pending case in court.

A single judge of this court Richard Buteera who doubles as the AG DCJ