March 2, 2024

Crops That Are Not Eaten By Vermin Supplied To Farmers

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Chimpanzee Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) has started supplying agricultural inputs which are not eaten by vermin and other wildlife to farmers under their umbrella Village Saving and Loans Associations VSLA in Kikuube district.

The initiative follows a survey that was conducted by the organization last year and found out that farmers who were engaging in growing crops like maize, beans, cassava and sweet potato were counting losses due to increased destruction of their gardens by baboons and chimpanzees among others.

The beneficiaries are farmers adjacent to Bugoma forest reserve and Itoya forest in Munteme parish Kiziranfumbi sub-county and Kabwoya sub-county 

Bulimya Community for Wildlife and Environmental Conservation VSLA, Muteme Parish Human Wildlife Conflict Village Saving and Loans Associations, Kaseta community development VSLA and Bumbogo parish human wild conflict VSLA are some of the farmer groups that have benefited from the initiative.

Speaking to our news reporter on Monday, Jenifer Atuhairwe the Hoima district field officer for CSWCT said that they have so far supplied over 750 bags of Irish potato seeds and 280 tons of onion seeds to the for  associations composed of 640 farmers.

She noted that each farmer will receive three bags of Irish potato and four tins of onion seeds adding that harvesting famers will be required to bring back the seeds of the same quantity to the organization so that they can supply to the farmers who missed this season.

She says the initiative is aimed at helping farmers to uplift their household income and fight poverty.

We made a research last year and farmers told us that vermin don’t eat Irish potato, ginger and onion so we providing these seeds as alternatives to help these farmers to get out poverty; they have been suffering with wild animals, whenever they would grow beans, maize, Peanuts and cassava vermin” said Atuhairwe.

She challenged the beneficiaries to plant the seeds and lock after them. “The seeds we have given you are yours; don’t sit and wait for CSWCT to come and care for the seeds we have given you, you need to manage them well because Irish potato and onion need to be sprayed” she advised.

Juliet Kyokuhaire and Josam Kyamanya some of the beneficiaries commended CSWCT for the seeds saying that some had abandoned farming because of the vermin destroying their gardens.

They are optimistic that by getting the seeds of Irish potato onions, they will be able to grow and harvest and boast their household income.

They said that such challenges had resulted to the increase human and wildlife conflict that has left several farmers killed and other injured as they try to guard their gardens

“Whatever we could put in soil (cultivate) would get destroyed by Chimpanzees and baboons so we had lost hope because we have no other sources of income since we depend on farming” they said appreciating CSWCT for the initiative.

They said that such challenges had resulted to the increase human and wildlife conflict that has left several farmers killed and other injured as they try to guard their gardens

CSWCT is a non-governmental organization promoting conservation of chimpanzees and their habitats and in Bunyoro they operate in Kibaale, Hoima and Kikuube districts.

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