Alfred Okuonzi, the LC V Chairperson of Arua district commended the government for the initiative, saying as a district they are determined to step up prospects of aquaculture farming. He cautioned the beneficiaries against mishandling the fingerings.
The same dog reportedly attacked and injured five other people in the same village. Area leaders say that border areas especially Aroi, Aivuni, Adumi, and Pajulu, all in Ayivu West, Vurra, Logiri and Arivu in Arua district and Imvepi Refugee Settlement in Terego district have in recent weeks recorded a rise in cases of dog bites.
But in her response to the anomaly, Joyce Amaguru the acting NRM chairperson for Arua district and a member of the NRM Women council said she acted in good faith since the animals needed immediate giveaway yet she hadn't been told of any specific beneficiaries.
The diseases, as identified by the Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries ministry, include Rabies, Anthrax, Trypanosomiasis also known as sleeping sickness, Brucellosis, Rift Valley Fever, Plague and Black quarter, some of which also affect humans.
Imvepi Refugee Settlement in Arua district, which had been selected to host the celebrations this year, has since announced that the event will be held virtually, with minimal practical activities in the settlement and communities in the district. The day this year will be celebrated under the theme “Environmental protection and innovation for better animal and human health,”
Early last month, Arua district veterinary office received 30,000 doses of Anthrax vaccines from Food and Agricultural Organization-FAO following a three years’ ravaging effect of the disease that has since killed over 2,000 animals and infected over 50 people.
In September last year, members of West Nile Cooperative Union and other leaders in the region started pushing for compensation from government.
In their memorandum presented to Anite, the petitioners demanded for over Shillings 1 Trillion for loss of over 10 Eucalyptus forests, over 20,000 tons of tobacco and machinery among others, which were destroyed during the war.
The most affected Sub Counties are Pawor, Rigbo and Rhino Camp all in Madi Okollo and Uriama in Arua district. Over 200 animals have died since last year of Anthrax and more than 20 people got infected after consuming meat of the dead animals in Arua and Madi Okollo district.
According to the memorandum, Gloveg will supply quality seeds of sorghum, simsim, soya beans, among others, secure markets and partner with the government to provide fertilizers, Tractors, trucks for transportation of produce, training in modern agricultural practices and also refurbish storage facility at the West Nile Cooperative Union offices in Terego.
West Nile Cooperative Union started in 1969 as a British American Tobacco- BAT supported farmers group with its headquarters at Wandi in East Terego County. But its equipment comprising 10 Tata lorries, 15 Tractors and several other properties was destroyed during the insurgency which left it in ruins.
The president believes that many Ugandans do not use their abundant land and labour to create wealth. He was closing a two-day West Nile Investment Symposium which ended last evening at Muni University in Arua district.