Khadija Nakakande, the NAADS Communications Manager, says that since 2014 there have been major improvements in the dairy sector, which has increased milk production from 2.5billion liters to 2.9 billion liters annually. She, however, says that this has come with the lack of market-leading to price fluctuations in the market.
Enock Beronda, a farmer says that given the few extension workers in the district, getting someone to diagnose animal diseases is very expensive. He explains that farmers spend a lot of money collecting samples from sick animals for testing.
Samson Kasasira the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson says that Nuwamanya shot Kamarembo thrice in the chest at a local pub in Rugaga trading centre killing her instantly before turning the gun on himself.
Kiruhura district is among the districts in the cattle corridor of Ankole that is infested with resistant ticks that have claimed many cattle and made others blind because farmers have used fake drugs to fight ticks.
For a decade now ticks have caused losses to farmers who also have accused the National Drug Authority of failure to provide a solution for their animals that have continued to die because of tick resistance against alleged fake acaricides.
In June this year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries lifted the six-month quarantine imposed on the district to contain the spread of FMD. The quarantine saw a ban on the sale of cattle and their products.
Justice Kawumi noted that if the failure to acquire ten names and signatures of persons supporting a candidate’s nomination would not affect the nomination, the legislature should have stated so in the parliamentary elections Act.
Dan Mukago, the LCV Chairperson Kiruhura district says that their request to the police leadership to avail the district with police personnel attached to the Agricultural Police Unit has fallen on deaf ears.
Dr. Grace Asiimwe, the Kiruhura District Veterinary Officer, says that the holding ground they are using is small and lacks a fence thereby exposing other animals to infection. She explains that before presenting the impounded animals to court, they need to hold them in one place as they process the files.
Steven Bugiri Kashaka, a farmer in Kanyaryeru Sub County says that almost all the dams that have been constructed in the area have dried up due to the heavy drought. According to him, communal dams dried up first after being overwhelmed by the animals because farmers could not afford the cost of excavators and bulldozer machines to dig their own dams.
According to the authorities, the cattle trade is done through porous routes that have been created in different parts of the district and the movement of cattle at night. These routes are used by the cattle traders to exit the district at night.
Although it primarily affects animals, the virus can be transmitted to humans through the handling of animal tissue during slaughtering or butchering, animal births, conducting veterinary procedures, or the disposal of carcasses. Human infections have also resulted from the bites of infected mosquitoes.
Kiruhura district raises 65% of its revenue equivalent to 1.5 billion as per planfrom cattle markets, with other sources like dairy markets, axi park, Matooke markets among others bringing in the remainng 35%.