Farmers in Kasambya Sub County Kibaale district are counting loses following a heavy rainstorm that devastated their crop gardens.
The Monday evening downpour wrecked havoc in the villages of Kikamba, Mitembo, Bugonda, Busiimba and Ikuma. The five hour rainstorm destroyed tobacco, maize and cassava gardens. Domestic animals and banana plantations did not survive either.
Farmers are now crying foul. Joseph Sewante, a tobacco farmer in Kikamba village says he lost three acres of tobacco in the storm. Ssewante says he had invested a lot of money in his garden after getting a loan from Continental Tobacco Company. He wonders how he will clear up the loan now that his mature tobacco garden is in ruins. Ronald Kiggundu, a farmer from Mitembo village lost five pigs and his one-acre tobacco garden in the storm. Kiggundu says with all his five pigs dead and his tobacco garden destroyed, he has lost his major source of income.
Local leaders in the affected villages put the number of farmers affected to more than twenty. Chrysostom Lubowa, the Kasambya Sub county LC V councilor says he will visit the affected villages together with a technical team to assess the damage. The team will make a report to the district production office for assistance.
Steven Serumaga, the Kibaale District Agriculture officer says the district has been prone to such storms since 2011. Serumaga says this has affected the level of animal and food production in the district. He however doesn’t give statistics.