Saasa calls for measures to mitigate hunger

PROFESSOR Oliver Saasa says the government should put in place measures to offset hunger arising from poor crop harvest the country is likely to face.

He said the bumper harvest that the country had been recording in previous years was not expected because of natural and artificial disturbances such as inadequate rains and late input supply.

“Mostly the rains delayed and they stopped abruptly before some of the crops could mature. So we are seeing a challenge both of maize and other crops. We might not record the yield that we have been recording in the previous agriculture seasons. This has a serious effect both in terms of household food security, mostly for those that depend on their own crops,” Prof Saasa said in an interview.

He said unless the country had enough stocks and managed the food markets properly, hunger was expected in some parts of the country.