Pressure is mounting in Amuru district after residents rejected a 70 billion irrigation scheme project to be undertaken by the ministry of water and environment.
The project was to be established in Attiak, Opara, Pabbo and Patiko Sub Counties along River Unyama.
However the residents have vehemently rejected the project citing that it is a ploy by government to grab their land while others say it is not beneficial.
In a consolation move, ministry of water and environment partnered with Amuru district local government last week and took 75 residents in the project area to Agoro Rice Irrigation Scheme in Lamwo district so that they can change their mindset.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru district chairperson said that the district is now stuck with the project. Last week the District Executive Committee (DEC) held a meeting and proposed that the project site be relocated.
However Lakony who chaired the meeting said they failed to relocate to the new land because they lack technical know-how on what suits the project.
The same matter was on Monday discussed in a full council meeting which resolved that government should maintain the project in Amuru.
He adds that it has become a tough decision for the district to bow down and lose the project.
According to Lakony his office has written to the Ministries of Land, Water and Environment to intervene and give technical guidance to the district on its new decision.
The team is expected in Amuru next week to assess another plots of land and how conducive they are for the project.
Anthony Akol, the Kilak North Member of Parliament says losing the project is a big blow to the district`s population who survive on agriculture.
He asked the community to change their mind-set on government arguing that he lobbied for the project himself to benefit the farmers that suffers low yields due to drought.
Irrigation farming in Uganda is majorly associated with large scale schemes for crops like rice or sugarcanes, majority of Ugandan farmers rely on rainfall to water their land.
Ugandan climate is changing and droughts are becoming more frequent according to Ugandan meteorologists.
Uganda had suffered at least eight droughts in the last 40 years, compared with only three in 60 years leading up to 1970.
President Yoweri Museveni during this year`s State of the Nation Address said that the Amuru-Pabbo Irrigation scheme feasibility studies were complete.
He emphasized that irrigation schemes in the country are part of the boosters to Agriculture sector including the popularization use of fertilizers among farmers to ensure increased productivity.