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GIEWS Country Brief: Uganda 27-April-2015

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  • In bi-modal rainfall areas, late and erratic rains affected first season crops in central and southern districts

  • Prices of matooke and beans increased by 20-40 percent between February and March in most markets

  • Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region

Prospects for 2015 first season crops are uncertain in bi-modal areas due to erratic seasonal rains

In bi-modal areas, planting of 2015 first season crops, has been completed around mid-April, with some weeks of delay due to low soil moisture and high temperatures. After a late start at the end of March, seasonal rains were erratic, with well above-average amounts in most central and northern areas and significant dry spells in southern areas. The overall performance of first season crops, to be harvested from June, depends on rains during the remaining part of the season. The latest meteorological forecast indicates generally favourable weather conditions.

In the mostly uni-modal Karamoja region, despite some delays, rains between the end of March and the beginning of April allowed farmers to start planting food crops, for harvest from September. The rains also gave some relief to grazing resources following the long dry season that started last December. During the coming months, rainfall amounts are forecast at average to below-average levels in most parts of Karamoja region.