Christopher Opiyo Ateker, the Gulu District Chairman told URN in an interview that the District Veterinary Officer –DVO has written to the MAAIF requesting it to lift the livestock quarantine since no case of the FMD has been reported in the district for the last one month.
Nelson Mandela Odong, the Chairperson of Oroko Village, Mede Parish, Palaro Sub –County in Gulu District says the herdsmen are sneaking with their livestock at night from Lamwo District through the shallow ends of Aswa River into Palaro Sub –County through Ogwal –Agoro Parish.
The fire believed to have been set by unknown people was first reported to the local authorities on Friday 10th. It escalated until Sunday evening when the Police Fire and Rescue Service team rushed to help put it out.
Dr. Rose Anna Ademun, the Commissioner of Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, says that the government is unable to carry out mass vaccination of livestock in the country due to lack of vaccines.
According to Latek, the district has written another letter to MAAIF seeking more vaccines in order to cover the entire district, adding that the only communication they received is that their request is yet to be granted.
Jackson Lakor, the Gulu District Production Officer says that the vaccines from the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries will target cattle in the most affected areas in Palaro and Awach Sub –Counties. He says the vaccination exercise shall commence on Wednesday.
Geoffrey Komakech, a farmer in Gulu City told URN in an interview that they petitioned the RCC after all their efforts to recover their money from Gulu District Agriculture Department failed to yield results. He says that they also handed a copy of their petition to the Gulu District Chief Administrative Officer for intervention as well.
Accoding to Matenga, the interim order of injunction issued restrains the respondents and their agents, relatives, workmen or any other person deriving any interests from them from further trespassing, evicting, intimidating, fencing, demarcating boundary, arresting, renting out, selling, erecting houses or temporary structures, cultivating, alienating and/or in any other way dealing with the suit land measuring approximately 3,700 acres (nearly 6 square miles).
Michael Oneka, a farmer under Tidi –ma-myero Farmers’ Group in Bungatira Sub –County in Gulu District, says 12 of his group members paid Shillings 148,500 each totalling to Shillings 1,782,000 to Simon Lamex Ocaka, a staff of United Bank of Africa.
Jacob Okot, the Nwoya District Probation and Welfare Officer told URN in an interview that he has teamed up with the labour office to establish the farms employing children before they take legal action.
Nairobi Onyuta, a farmer who lost all his pigs to the strange disease says that three more pigs belonging to his neighbours died over the weekend after contracting the disease whose cause is still a mystery to them.
Geoffrey Okot, a piggery farmer at Pagik Parish says that the disease was first detected in late February but has since escalated and killed over 30 pigs in his neighbourhood including his within four days.
Nakakande Khadija, the Communication Officer of National Agricultural Advisory Services –NAADS told URN in an interview that the Nwoya Fruit Processing Factory project is a presidential pledge to the people of Nwoya and that it shall benefit over 5,000 fruit out-growers in the district who are growing mangoes, oranges and guava.
Winfred Aol Opiyo, an Entomologist at National Agricultural Research Organization –NARO told URN in an interview that the scientific investigation will determine the correct dose of chemicals being used depending on the life stage of the insects, the reproductive potential of the insects in relation to what they feed on and among other things.
Lazarus Oboo, the Angagura Sub-County Chairperson says residents continue to defy the ban to consume carcasses from the dead animals in hiding for fear of being arrested by Police. He says the practice pose grave health risks to those consuming meat from the affected animals.
Dr. Robert. S. Okeny, the Pader District Veterinary Officer, has confirmed the outbreak. James Akera, a livestock farmer at Ideng B village in Burlobo Parish, Angagura Sub-County in Pader district, says he lost two head of cattle from his stock of 31 cattle to the deadly disease.
Jackson Lakor, the Gulu district production officer says the village agents will be trained in pest control, disease management and proper post-harvest handling to minimize food losses among smallholder farmers.