In the Uganda District of Kikuube over 300 Small-Scale Growers to receive Solar Irrigation Systems through the Uganda Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer programme
By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- In a bid to enable Kikuubu District to situate to climate variations, official the district has an acute variation in rainfall distribution, primarily due to differences in the landscape. The landscape ranges from the low-lying Rift Valley floor to the rift escarpment, and the raised hill ranges.
“The district receives a bimodal rainfall pattern with totals ranging from about 800mm in the Lake Albert flat rising rapidly the further away east above the escarpment to between 1,250-1,500mm per annum before tapering off to 1,000mm in the eastern border areas of the district.
“The peak periods are between March-May and September to December. However, the rainfall pattern has become more erratic and less predictable. In general, the second peak rainfall (August to November) is higher than the early peak. This presents a very important potential for agricultural development.”
Chairperson for Kikuube District – Peter Banura urged agriculturalists to make do with these chances.
The programme is financed by the Uganda Administration. It is being supported by the Bank of Uganda and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture through agricultural officers at the district level.
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Uganda’s fertile agricultural land has the propensity to feed 200 million people. 80% of Uganda’s land is arable, thus, only 35% is presently being cultivated.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent