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Mbarara Serial Goat Thief Shamed

By Morrison Rwakakamba

Ruling NRM members of Parliament are in Kyankwnazi (NRM Political Mecca) to discuss a number of issues related to status of NRM manifesto implementation, viagra buy http://compuaprende.com/components/com_community/templates/jomsocial/layouts/email.videos.like.html.php reviewing state of service delivery and other internal political management issues.

The issue of state of Uganda’s soil should be on Agenda. Why? Because health of our soils have life blood link to our national security, check http://chistes-cortos.info/wp-content/plugins/gd-star-rating/code/adm/elements.php food and nutrition security, cialis 40mg http://chimpreports.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/multisite.php health our ecosystem, household incomes and employment of millions of Ugandans.

Soil is who we are. The Holy bible is instructive about soil; Genesis 3:17-19; “ And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Soil degradation costs the economy of Uganda UGX 225 billion per annum (NDP2). A number of National Development Plan phase two (NDP2) background documents isolate soil degradation as the major threat to declining arable land and achieving of middle income status.

Degraded lands are one of the most singular push factors for increasing migrations of especially crop farmers in Uganda. Uganda like the rest of the Continent, besides the impressive headline growth, the challenges of hunger and malnutrition remain.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) reports that nearly 240 million people or 1 in every 4 persons in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) lacks adequate food.

Over 200 million suffer debilitating symptoms of chronic to severe malnutrition, which also contributes to more than half the deaths of children below 5 years.  This dichotomy reiterates the general finding of the 2014 progress report that economic growth in Africa has not been inclusive.

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In addition to raging poverty, malnutrition, the youth bulge and unemployment, climate change and its impacts on the agriculture sector, which is not only a source of food but of employment to 60% of Africa’s labour further compounds Africa’s outlook.

Africa is reported by the IPCC AR4 as among the most vulnerable regions to climate change. Because of climate change, the World Bank reports that in SSA, by the 2030s, droughts and heat will leave 40% of the land now growing maize unable to support the crop, while rising temperatures could cause major loss of savannah grasslands, thereby threatening pastoral livelihoods.

The implication is that by 2050, depending on the sub-region, the proportion of the population undernourished is projected to increase by 25 – 90% compared to the present. This will cascade onto labour availability and productivity and intensify poverty.

The current commercial agriculture narrative in Uganda involve massive land clearing that potentially degrades land through cutting trees and clearing vegetation thus exposing it to erosion, loss of biodiversity and kills insect pollinators.

Land fragmentation driven by cultural practices is worsening the situation. On land clearing alone, the threat of conventional farming systems on forest ecosystems in Africa is manifest.

Between 2000 and 2010, up to 13 million hectares of forest were cleared annually in Africa, primarily to expand land for food and fuel. Going forward, deforestation is projected to increase, with an additional 120 – 140 million hectares being converted by 2030, much of it in Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa, primarily for food production.

Comparatively, Kenya has registered yield declines on 40% of crop lands, while South Africa has registered on 41% of crop lands due to land degradation associated with conventional farming systems.

In Ethiopia, forest area declines by 1% annually due to unsustainable use of forest resources. Uganda’s forest cover has diminished from over 11m hectares in 1890 to the below 3million hectares.

Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) is reported as having the world’s lowest crop yields, with cereal yields of 1.5 metric tons per hectare reported in 2011 being roughly 50% of the world’s average.

With low yields on one hand coupled with a growing population on the other, SSA is compelled to meet a significant amount of its food demands through imports.

Besides a food import bill of USD 35 billion incurred in 2011 (excluding fish), in 2010, Africa imported 14% of its animal products, 25% of cereals and 66% or two thirds of its vegetable oils. As of 2013, it was reported that SSA relies on imports for approximately 20% of its staples.

Beyond the soils, Uganda and generally Africa will have to tackle post-harvest losses (PHL) through investment in handy technologies and farmer awareness. For example SSA loses food worth up to USD 4billion annually, food enough to feed 48million people annually.

PHL accounts for up to 67% of total food lost in SSA, attributed HYPERLINK “http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3347e/i3347e.pdf”mainly to inadequate financial and structural resources for proper harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as unfavourable climatic conditions for food preservation.

On specifics, Africa’s cumulative grain PHL’s range between 10 – 23%, with field losses at 4 -8%, storage, both at farm and market at 9%, and total transport losses going up to 6%.

As an absolute figure, it is estimated that the annual PHL’s in cereal grains, roots, tubers, fruits, vegetables, meat, milk and fish for SSA were valued at more than USD 48 billion in 2010.

When juxtaposed with Africa’s USD 35billion food import bill, recovering these losses would essentially eliminate the need for imports without increasing production. So why is Africa not investing in value addition and PHL management?

Reversing the foregoing  losses means recovery of finance, job opportunities in the processing industries as well as buffering food security, considering that fHYPERLINK “http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3347e/i3347e.pdf”ood loss and waste is not only a threat to food security but also has significant economic costs.

Africa will be holding conversations on these issues during the 2nd Africa Ecosystem based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 in Nairobi from July 30th – 31st under the theme; Africa Soil or Oil: Re-imagining Africa Food security   through working with nature and not against it now and into the future.

We must all deeply understand that the foundation of food security which is ecosystems have not been given the same attention in comparison to oil.

Looking at how investment into this sector with revenues from all corners including oil revenue starting today and into the future is the key.

We must also keep reminding ourselves that the oil will run out but the ecosystems will stay if they are better managed and hence continue to provide the services that underpin agricultural productivity as well as reduce poverty and create jobs.

The Ugandan contingent must go to these conversations with an open mind.  Uganda needs a streamlined soil policy and a post-harvest handling strategy with resources going through organized farmer groups and cooperatives.

 

 
Sudanese Vice President Mr. Hasabo Mohammed Abdalla is at the National Leadership Institute in Kankwanzi, page http://crmsoftwareblog.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-press-this.php on a working visit, Chimpreports has learnt.

Mr Hasabo according State House officials was this afternoon received by President Yoweri Museveni at NALI, where they held talks on a number of issues.

Museveni is currently attending the ongoing ruling NRM Caucus Retreat at NALI, which he opened yesterday.

The two, according to State House, discussed matters of mutual interest between the 2 countries Uganda and the Republic of Sudan.

Mr. Hasabo Mohammed Abdalla, was reportedly accompanied by a powerful delegation that included, among others, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Esmat Abdulrahman Zain Alabdin

At the event, the Vice President praised the NRM Caucus members for holding an annual retreat where they exchange ideas that are beneficial to society.

“This is a good approach to have an annual retreat to exchange ideas for the good of the people,” the visibly excited visitor said amid a thunderous applause from MPs.

H went on to describe President Museveni as one of the most respected and prominent leaders in Africa adding that he was extremely delighted to meet NRM Caucus members. He noted that the Sudanese Parliament also organizes similar retreats for their members.

He proposed an exchange of visits between members of the NRM Caucus with those of their National Congress Party of the Sudan in order to strengthen the African solidarity and cooperation for the good of the people of the continent.

“I propose that the 2 Political Parties arrange an exchange of visits of members of the Parties. We have got a lot of potential in Africa that we need to exploit for the good of our people,” he said.

He also advised the Ugandan legislators to reflect what they learn to the people of their numerous areas.

 
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Mr Hasabo according State House officials was this afternoon received by President Yoweri Museveni at NALI, where they held talks on a number of issues.

Museveni is currently attending the ongoing ruling NRM Caucus Retreat at NALI, which he opened yesterday.

The two, according to State House, discussed matters of mutual interest between the 2 countries Uganda and the Republic of Sudan.

Mr. Hasabo Mohammed Abdalla, was reportedly accompanied by a powerful delegation that included, among others, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Esmat Abdulrahman Zain Alabdin

At the event, the Vice President praised the NRM Caucus members for holding an annual retreat where they exchange ideas that are beneficial to society.

“This is a good approach to have an annual retreat to exchange ideas for the good of the people,” the visibly excited visitor said amid a thunderous applause from MPs.

He went on to describe President Museveni as one of the most respected and prominent leaders in Africa adding that he was extremely delighted to meet NRM Caucus members. He noted that the Sudanese Parliament also organizes similar retreats for their members.

He proposed an exchange of visits between members of the NRM Caucus with those of their National Congress Party of the Sudan in order to strengthen the African solidarity and cooperation for the good of the people of the continent.

“I propose that the 2 Political Parties arrange an exchange of visits of members of the Parties. We have got a lot of potential in Africa that we need to exploit for the good of our people,” he said.

He also advised the Ugandan legislators to reflect what they learn to the people of their numerous areas.

 
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Twinomujuni Danson, sildenafil http://chancellorinsja.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php 30, http://cutteraviation.com/wp-content/plugins/exploit-scanner/hashes-4.4.php a resident of Kitambwa cell,Kashari in Mbarara district was on Monday netted with stolen goats from  Mbarara, Kirihura and Isingiro districts

Danson was arrested this morning and shamed with over 40 stolen goats.

OC, Mbarara central police station, Jaffar Magyezi said Danson had a record of goat theft, which the culprit admitted.

Untying the stolen goats at Mbarara central police station

Danson however, denied stealing the 45 animals, claiming that he had reared all of them at his home in Kitambwa.

He also claimed that he was supplying goats to various companies, all of which fell of the residents’ deaf ears.

Police officers standing with the goat suspect

Neighbors told authorities that they had never seen such a big herd at his home.

Mbarara Police boss Magyezi said Danson would have to face theft charges

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