Moses Tibamwagaine, an Engineering Assistant working on the project through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) says that the completion of the project is dependent on the availability of funds from the ministry.
Uganda currently ranks second on the global scene with the largest number of certified organic producers at approximately 210,352 next to India and boasts of an Export Market Value exceeding US$50m according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF).
Namubiru Masitula, a veterinary technician at the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC & DB), explained that the new pregnancy test kit involves drawing blood from the presumed pregnant cow.
Frank Tumwebaze, the minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries told URN that since it is rainy season, they have mobilized tractors from Namalere Agriculture Research centre to support farmers in karamoja embark on mechanized agriculture.
Mbarara District Veterinary Officer, Andrew Bakashaba, says that registered fifty cows infected by Rift Valley Fever in Rwanyamahembe Sub County on different farms. He, however, says that they are currently managing the situation through sensitization.
David Kennedy Odongo, the Alebtong district chairperson LCV said they have written to the ministry to impose an animal quarantine in the entire Ajuri County which has about four animal markets spread over six sub counties.
Clostridia disease that includes Tetanus, Blackleg, pulpy Kidney, and Black disease is caused by bacteria of the genus Clostridium called anaerobic and spreads widely in the environment, particularly in soil, fecal matter, and are common during the dry season.
The cases were confirmed at a livestock farm in Nyamokino Parish in Lungulu Sub-county where samples from cattle suspected to have been infected were picked and tested last month. At least 50 cattle, presented with signs and symptoms of the highly contagious viral disease at the farm in early December, according to veterinary officials.
Yake Basulirwa, the Ntungamo District Veterinary Officer, says that they agreed to ease the quarantine restrictions to allow people to enjoy the festive season by opening livestock loading and offloading sites and slaughter areas.
Agricultural experts in the district say that the disease troubling the farmers mainly along the Uganda-Rwanda Border is thought to have started in Rwanda before reading and devastating acres of mango plantations across Ntungamo.
In their joint statement presented at the 08th commemoration of the International Coffee Day held in Buwunga sub-county, Masaka district on Wednesday, the farmers observed that the authority plays a very vital role in the coffee development chain, arguing that it is illogical to strip it of its semi-autonomous nature at this time.
The Organic Fertilizer, I-Soft Organic Fertilizer was innovated and developed by students of the Faculty of Agriculture and Livelihood at MUST in collaboration with the Mbarara Grapes Farmers Association, and Mbarara Agricultural Research Development Institute.