While empowering rural youth to overcome the challenges which are being encountered in the agricultural sector industry we have come to discover that according to most youth especially in developing countries which are still struggling with forces of hunger and unemployment, the word ‘farming’ conjures up images of poverty, misery and backwardness. For countries which are well-endowed with favorable climate, good soils and natural resources, it is ironic that their young people don’t esteem one of the activities that have great potential to uplift their economic statuses. This of course is attributed to negative perceptions about the sector indoctrinated from childhoods. This means that if we are to successfully make communities, youth in particular as agents of change in the fight against hunger and its associated side effects, the negative perception associated with agriculture among must be addressed first.
Our plan is to pass through our Lango Sub region rural youth farmers’ engagement centre and transform the negative perception associated with agriculture among communities, youth in particular into a sector which is worthwhile through training and re-branding of young existing farmers into skilled farmers and at the same time making it attractive to new entrants as a worthy investment to counter the challenges related to food security in our communities and world at large. With no doubt, on-farm demonstrations serve as one of the most effective Extension education tools.
Facts about Lango Subregion
The Lango sub region is situated within the annual cropping and cattle-farming systems that are primarily found in Northern Uganda (2.8780° N, 32.7181° E)
It is made up of eight districts( Lira,Apac,Kole,Oyam,Otuke,Dokolo, Elbitong,Amolatar) and the sub-region’s population stands at 2.1 million, according to National Housing and Population Census report 2014.
The region is dry compared to the rest of the country and experiences one long rainy season also called the unimodal type of rainfall, yet farmers can still grow two crops in a year. Although still recovering from war and related effects, such as ecosystem degradation, the region is recognized for its potential of being the country’s grain basket and in fact contributing to the GDP. Farmers grow cereal, oil crops, pulses, and root tubers, in addition to rearing cattle and small ruminants such as goats. The main cereal crops grown there are maize, finger millet, sorghum, and rice; other crops grown are cotton, sweet potatoes, and cassava. The region is also notable for growing oil crops such as sesame, sunflower, ground nuts, and other legumes, such as pigeon peas, soy beans, and beans. These provide the staple food for people beyond the region and play a role in income generation for rural households, with a substantial contribution to the national economy. Soil types are ferralsols, alisols, and plinthosols.
Traditionally, farmers rely on family labor, and use the rudimentary hand hoe for land opening, soil inversion, and production after burning vegetation.
Apart from difficulties in farming,the region has got several tourist sites like; Barlonyo Memorial Site where 302 innocent civilians were killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army Rebels (LRA) in February 2004,Amolatar landing site,Kangai area, Dokolo District in where Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro and Ssekabaka Mwanga sought refuge from the British colonialists,Otuke hill,Shea butter (mwoya) making,Cultural heritage (traditional dances),Olwney Swamp, rice growing, numerous species of birds which all beautify the region.
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