• Gulu adds softer touch to war on deforestation

    Gulu district chairman Ojara Mapenduzi launching the Gulu Green Run By Irene Abalo, Gulu Leaders in Gulu district have in recent years used coercive means such as caning charcoal burners for plundering forests in the district. At various points in recent history, the Chairman of Gulu district Martin Ojara Mapenduzi has managed waylay charcoal burners […]

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  • Uganda targets to spread biofortified crops to 3 million households by 2021

    Geoffrey Mabirizi Nsereko is, by Ugandan standards, a large scale farmer. Rain had soaked the ground by the time we alighted at his farmhouse in Mityebiri village, Rakai district, just a few kilometres from the Uganda-Tanzania border post of Mutukula. The sun, shining gently that afternoon, made the trees in his compound appear smiling. Ripe […]

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  • Many across the world are spending the greater parts of their time with gadgets

    Constant exposure to social media increases stress – study finds

    Will Ugandans fall into a similar trap as the Americans? Over-exposure to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp has been found to be a major source of stress among people. A 10-year study by the American Psychological Association (APA) has found that since the emergence of smart phones, people who report heavy […]

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  • NBI projects to benefit 30m people by 2025 – Minister

    Projects of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) should benefit at least 30 million people in the next eight years, Tanzania’s Minister of Water and Irrigation has stated. Gerson Lwenge, speaking during a media briefing in Dar-es-salaam yesterday, said: “We have worked together as Member States to negotiate and agree on more than 35 investment projects […]

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  • The impact of the long dry spell: Share your experience

    Uganda is in a crisis. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) announced recently that 1.5m people in Uganda need food relief. In some regions, such as Karamoja, up to 65%of the population has access to one meal or half a meal a day. Out of the country’s 116 districts, only 28 are […]

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  • Private company set up to boost quality of seed in Africa

    Despite last yearś prolonged drought Mr. Joseph Ssekandi, a maize farmer from Mpigi, central Uganda, managed to get some harvest thanks to improved drought tolerant maize A private company has been established to produce foundation seed and avail it to seed companies across Africa with the view to enabling smallholder farmers to increase yields, improve food […]

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  • Bird flu strain weaker than earlier feared – says health ministry

    The ministry of health says it has brought the bird flu outbreak under control Laboratory tests conducted by experts at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) have revealed that a weaker version of the avian influenza (H5N8) killed domestic as well as wild birds along the shores of lake Victoria in recent weeks. The revelation […]

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  • Double happiness as new technique kills two maize pests at once

    The maize stem borer was particularly menacing during last year’s prolonged dry spell in most parts of Uganda. Now Kasese leaders have vowed to push government to release the resistant variety after four years of successful trials. An experiment meant to evaluate the effectiveness of a resistant maize variety against the devastating maize stem borer […]

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  • Bird Flu outbreak confirmed in Uganda

    Hundreds of migratory birds died at Lutembe beach in Entebbe and at Bukakata in Masaka which are hot spots for migratory birds from Europe The government has confirmed the break-out of the highly virulent H5N1 Avian Influenza commonly known as Bird Flu along the shores of lake Victoria in Wakiso and Masaka districts. It is […]

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  • “I will work for the Success of Western Uganda Science Journalists Network”

    “What USJA has done is unique. It is not usual for national journalism associations to think about journalists who are not based in Kampala. The scaling of USJA to include us gives us confidence and trust that this is an association we should be part of. I confidently say I will work for the success […]

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