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Karamoja leaders on study tour in Mbarara, to learn settled livestock farming

Karamoja subregion has operationalised the initiative to move from nomadic pastoralism to settled livestock farming. (PHOTO/File)

MBARARA – In an effort to embrace settled livestock farming, Nabilatuk district local government leaders have on Monday, July 22, started a study tour in Mbarara and Kiruhura districts on how the areas transformed from nomadism to settled livestock farming.

The team of fifteen district leaders led by the Chief Administrative Officer Nabilatuk district Mr. Alfred Malinga, arrived in Mbarara on Monday and were received by Mbarara district chairperson Capt. JB Bamuturaki Tumusiime and CAO Mr. Kweyamba Ruhemba.

Nabilatuk district was carved out of Nakapiripirit in the Karamoja sub-region and operationalised on July 1, 2018, subsequent to Parliament’s approval for the creation of the district in 2015.

Parts of Nabilatuk district. The district was carved out of Nakapiripirit in the Karamoja sub-region. (PHOTO/PPU)

”Our findings on this study will be resourceful as we mobilize and sensitize the public to adopt the new livestock farming practice,” said Malinga

He revealed that through traditional community meetings and radio talk shows, even use religious congregations with assistance from NGOs, the people in Nabilatuk district will be sensitised.

Kweyamba guided the guests (delegation from Nabilatuk) on the tour of the district local government infrastructure and the ongoing district project that impressed the visitors which they commented on as attractive and educative on environmental management.

Malinga said Nabilatuk district is very fertile where people own huge pieces of land than in Ankole sub-region but the big challenge people are practising nomadism with a lot of cattle that produce very little milk.

He added: ”The people have started transforming the area by constructing permanent homesteads but need to be improved.”

He said they have a national park also as district leaders want to learn and see how they can coexist with the animals and their benefits.

The main challenges of nomadism include; school dropouts, women abandon homes because of men travelling with animals in search of water and pastures during drought periods.

The team will today Tuesday, July 23, proceed to Kiruhuura district as the study tour enters day two.

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