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Farmers given six months to harvest crops from forest

Mpigi- Farmers in Mpigi, Butambala District have been given six months to harvest their crops pending eviction from Navugulu Forest Reserve.

This was announced by the Butambala RDC Yahaya Kakooza during a tree-planting exercise in Mpigi last week that was spearheaded by Uganda Breweries and National Forestry Authority.

“We will not cut the plants. But from now on, there should be no more planting of crops in Navugulu Forest Reserve,” Mr Kakooza told farmers at the exercise.

Massive deforestation in the country has raised concern among environmentalists, government and the private sector.

According to NFA, Uganda has already lost two-thirds of its forest cover in the last 20 years due to rapid population increase that has resulted into encroachment on forest land for farming activities.

Nine out of every 10 homes in Uganda still use either firewood or charcoal for cooking. This has seen Uganda’s 5 million hectares of forest in 1990 dwindle to 3.5 million by 2005.
By 2050, environmentalists say, Uganda would have lost its entire forest cover if this trend is not reversed.

radde@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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