Uganda, Feb 10 – Uganda farmers have been enlightened to begin early land preparations in order to take advantage of the early rains. They have been asked to girdle their loins and plant early enough with the anticipation of short rains that will be beneficial to their farming.
In order to secure a better harvest, the cultivators have been challenged to change times of planting with showers of rains coming earlier in comparison to the previous seasons. This would help them fight any food insecurity speculations.
The ‘warning’ is geared at helping the farmers bolster their agricultural produce that has been a challenge in the previous seasons due to change in climatic conditions. They would have an increase in their house hold incomes with timely planting.
The change in rainy season has caught a number farmers unaware and must need to make necessary changes should they benefit from the short rains. In the previous early years, a rather prolonged drought has derailed the agricultural produce with farmers left to count on their losses.
According to a released statement, farmers have been asked to identify fast maturing seeds that will be beneficial once the rain pours. They should be as well drought tolerant, so as not to bring any loss to the farmers.
Uganda, like other neighbouring countries was avidly affected by the long dry spell that decreased the agricultural produce. A number of cattle died as well with the lack of enough water.
The farmers have been asked to carry out crop rotation to give their lands rest and time to regain its nutrients back for productivity. The process will curb pests and diseases infections as they look to keep their crops healthy.
The planting of mono-crop encourages pests and diseases that are familiar with the plants and lead to low yields.
They could apply fertilizers to improve the fertility of the land to nourish the crops.