By Moses Obwona
Dokolo and Abebtong districts have received consignments of relief food sent by the government to rescue the most hunger-affected families. Each of the two districts received 20 tons of posho and 10 tons of beans.
The food donation from the Office of the Prime Minister was delivered on Monday at the respective district headquarters and was received by the CAOs and district leadership.
According to a circular to the Chief Administrative Officers, the relief food is to support households facing starvation following the failed harvest due to prolonged drought.
The Dokolo District Vice Chairperson Denis Daramoi said the relief will be distributed to the families most affected by hunger following guidelines given by the OPM.
The Alebtong district Chairperson, David Kennedy Odongo also confirmed to LBS Newsday that his district received 20 tons of maize brand and 10 tons of beans.
According to the letter to the Chief Administrative Officers, the categories of persons to receive the food donation include, widows, orphans, child-headed families, the sick, elderly, persons living with disabilities and persons living with HIV/AIDS.
The OPM has directed that the relief food should be distributed as soon as possible and not later than 5 days from the date of delivery.
The relief consignment is in response to the letter that was written to the office of the prime minister by Dokolo and Alebtong District local governments through their District Disaster Committees indicating the negative impact of the prolonged dry spell on the farmers.
The report indicated that most staple crops like maize, beans, cassava and sorghum had all failed – leading to starvation.