Bush burning is a common practice among pastoralists in areas hit by dry spells
President Yoweri Museveni has challenged Ugandans especially those in the cattle corridor to stop burning bushes during the dry spell.
While speaking to thousands of people who turned up for the Women’s Day celebrations in Dokolo district on Wednesday, Museveni said such grass can be cut and used for feeding animals.
Bush burning is a common practice among the pastoralists in these areas which are always hit by the dry spell.
“You are saying you don’t have grass, yet you are destroying it by burning bushes,” Museveni said.
He advised the people of Dokolo to use the grass in making hay or at least cut it and sale it to people with cattle.
“You can cut this grass and sell it to people with cows. You can even sell it to people in Kampala,” Museveni said.
Until recently, Uganda suffered a prolonged dry-spell that lasted months, affecting livestock keepers and other farmers.
Uganda’s cattle corridor is a broad zone stretching from southwestern to north eastern Uganda, dominated by pastoral rangelands.