The donation includes 300,000 doses of Foot and mouth Disease vaccines in cattle and other big ruminants, 140,000 doses for small ruminants, and another 200,000 doses for lung disease in small ruminants. It also included re-agents and tool kits for laboratory use that shall be used to aid early detection of outbreaks, which the field officers have to immediately report to the ministry.
Traditionally, Karamoja relied on a nomadic lifestyle and cattle for sustenance, but in recent years, the government has been promoting crop farming to address chronic food shortages and improve household incomes.
The UN agency stressed that the regions unusual climate conditions have favoured rapid reproduction of the locust swarms and cautioned that if left unchecked, the numbers of crop-devouring insects could grow 500 fold by June 2020.
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.
In a new report focusing on Goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life on Land), the agency also warns of unsuccessful efforts to make farming sustainable, as well as the long-term management of land and ocean-based resources.