By Joel Ogwang
AT LEAST 180 monkeys have been killed and their tails collected in Koome islands, Mukono district, Patrick Mukasa, the sub-county chairman, has said.
He said about 100 monkeys were killed between September and december last year, while 80 were killed this year.
â€œThere are about 5,000 monkeys. They are a menace here. They have destroyed crops and subjected residents to starvation,â€ he said.
The government, through the Plan for Modernisation of agriculture, recently released sh20m to fight monkeys.
Mukasa said sh2,000 is paid to a person who produces a monkey tail to the sub-county offices, adding that sh360,000 had been paid out.
He dismissed state minister for agriculture Kibirige Sebunyaâ€™s advice to eat the monkeys.
â€œMonkeys are not a delicacy here. You canâ€™t advise anyone to cook them. We will just kill them,â€ he said, adding that families were surviving on one meal a day because of poor harvests.
He said monkeys had failed the governmentâ€™s Universal Primary Education programme.
â€œChildren of primary school going age skip classes because of hunger while others do petty jobs like collecting water for neighbours for food and money,â€ he said.