• RDC threatens to fire head teachers over exams fee, PTA funds

    MARACHA. Headteachers of primary schools in Maracha district risk losing their jobs if the proposed ban on chasing primary school children home over examination fees.....


  • RDC Warns on Early Marriage, Drugs

    MARACHA. Maracha Resident District Commissioner Mr Simon Lolim (RDC) has raised a red flag over the increasing cases of early girl-child marriage and drug abuse in the district.


  • Residents improvise own bridge after gov’t’s failure to build one

    MARACHA. The construction of an improvised bridge on Odraku valley in Yivu sub-county, Maracha district has relieved the residents of the area from the menace to mobility especially during the......


  • Residents wrangle Church over land

    MARACHA. There is uncertainty in Olivu Anglican Parish in Maracha district as Church leaders battle encroachers, who are claiming a significant chunk of Church land.


  • RPC warns locals against mob justice, laziness

    MARACHA. West Nile regional police commander, Mr Christopher Barugahare has warned the people of Maracha district against mob justice and laziness.


  • Shs 3m raised to support education in Maracha

    ARUA. A total sum of about shs 2.2 million in cash and shs 1.3 million in pledges has been raised to support education in Maracha district.


  • Shs500m needed for Maracha Hospital neonatal intensive care unit

    MARACHA. The board and management of St. Joseph’s Hospital Maracha have launched a fundraising drive towards the hospital sustainability and development of a well-equipped modern neonatal intensive care unit.


  • Shs600m earmarked for Maracha health unit face-lift

    MARACHA. The government of Uganda has earmarked shs641m for upgrading Cirube health centre II in Kijomoro sub-county, Maracha district.


  • Sigh of relief as Maracha fire victims get assistance

    MARACHA. The government of Uganda has given assistance to over 80 people who recently lost all their properties to a mysterious fire in Maracha district, North Western Uganda.


  • Speaker to Petition Works Ministry over Maracha Border Road

    Speaker pledges to write to the Ministry of Works over the bad state of Uganda – DR Congo border road.


  • Sports teachers urged to adequately train pupils

    MARACHA. The vice chairman technical Maracha district primary games and sports has called on teachers in the department at school level to give adequate and specialized training for pupils to fully develop their talents.


  • Stray Hippo injures five in Maracha

    MARACHA. A stray Hippopotamus has injured five people including a police officer and an official attached to the Uganda wildlife authority (UWA).


  • Suspected Ebola case in Maracha tests negative

    MARACHA. The suspected Ebola case that caused panic among the locals of Maracha district has tested negative, Dr Paul Onzubo, the district health officer (DHO) has said.


  • Terego residents blame REA for under valuing their property

    MARACHA. The residents whose structures and trees will be destroyed in the process of connecting electricity along Wandi-Moyo road in Terego county, Arua district are complaining of un.......


  • Terego, Maracha leaders reach peace deal over boarder insecurity

    MARACHA. The people of Terego West and Maracha constituencies have reached a peace deal and reconciled following decades of insecurity incidences that have threatened development in areas bordering the two counties.


  • The Glory of Nyadri Town, Maracha’s Main Business Hub

    Located midway along Arua-Koboko road, Maracha town had strong connections to Asian businessmen regarding everything in its early years.


  • Tourism in Maracha

    The Maracha District, unique in its own way, was actually once a part of Arua district up until 2006. It was separated from Terego which has now been returned to Arua as a county in 2010.


  • UHRC tips Maracha residents on dangers of mob action

    MARACHA. The residents of Maracha district who attended the community dialogue organized by Uganda human rights commission (UHRC) that ended on Friday in Kijomoro sub-county...


  • Up-grading the Maracha-DRC boarder road excites locals

    MARACHA. Local residents on both sides of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are excited about the upgrading of a road that has been abandoned for close to two decades.............


  • Value addition to rice spurs commercial production in Uganda, DRC

    MARACHA. The establishment of rice huller machines at Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) boarder markets in Maracha district to automate the process of removing the chaff of rice is motivating farmers on both sides to engage in commercial production.
    “We used to hull the husk of rice in Ariwara market located over 30km inside DRC but the establishment of the machines in Odramacaku, Osidribiku and Malaba boarder markets has now relieved farmers in Maracha, Koboko and Arua districts,” some farmers told West Nile Web in an interview on Tuesday.
    Ms Knight Driciru, a resident of Nyamia village in Oluvu sub-county, Maracha district acknowledged that production of rice has greatly changed the lives of farmers from subsistence to commercial level.
    She said the least portion of land used by a farmer for planting rice is an acre.
    Driciru noted that in a good season, a farmer may harvest at least 10 bags of rice from an acre of land.
    During the season of plenty, a basin of unprocessed rice costs shs18, 000 while a full sack containing seven basins is sold at shs126, 000.
    “But with the value addition to our produce courtesy of the rice huller machines in place, we now pocket over shs300,000 per bag which is double profit to us and so attractive,” Driciru narrated.
    She said the money got from the sales is used for feeding the family in areas where other food crops like cassava and beans yield poorly. Some people use the money for paying school fees, building and buying animals.
    Ms Rose Tiperu, another resident of Ayikuru village in Oluvu sub-county noted that the rice huller machines have significantly improved the quality of rice in the area compared to the traditional method of pounding using mortar and pestle.
    “The machines remove the husk and the bran layers, and produce an edible white rice kernel that is sufficiently milled free of impurities with minimum number of broken kernels,” Tiperu explained.
    Tiperu who harvested six bags of rice last year said children and adults like rice because it serves different purposes including meals of the day hence saving other food items like cassava and beans.
    Meanwhile Ms Gloria Eyotaru, a teacher at Galia primary school observed that the tradition of eating rice during big occasions no longer exists in the area.
    She called on farmers to consider minimizing the challenges in production like destruction by animals and poor weeding to achieve maximum benefits.
    She said they rent wet lands from people but if one uses appropriate techniques like planting rice in lines to allow sufficient weeding, high yields can be realized.
    According to Mr Amos Atiku, the Oluvu sub-county chairperson, the introduction of the machines has empowered farmers to earn better income from their good quality rice supplies to Arua town and DRC.
    “I call upon local investors to install more machines in the inland trading centres to reduce long distances to Osidribiku, Malaba and Odramacaku”, Atiku appealed.
    “We are now in the process of mobilizing youths to form groups in order to apply for youth loan for buying rice huller machines and establish them at Nyadria market so as to help our farmers,” Atiku stated.
    A Congolese national only identified as Mr Sederike, one of the three rice huller operators at Odramacaku market said they established the machine in the area to reduce the cost of transport incurred by the farmers from Uganda side to Ariwara market in DRC.
    Sederike said he normally removes the husk of a kilogram of rice at shs100 and during the season of plenty, he receives at least 20 bags of rice per day from farmers to be processed. A bag contains at least 100kg of rice.


  • Wage war against poverty- security chief tells Maracha locals

    MARACHA. The West Nile regional Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) brigade commander for the 409 Brigade, Col Jackson Kayanja has told people of Maracha district....


  • Why Maracha hospital run was a lens of hope for mothers, neonates

    MARACHA. Much as Saturday’s charity run was the first of its kind in Maracha district, it played a significant role in raising cash and value of equipment worth over.................


  • Women call for men accompaniment for Antenatal Services

    MARACHA:  Women Leaders in Maracha district marked the International Women’s Day on Thursday with a call on men to accompany their wives for Antenatal Services whenever they get pregnant.


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