Parliament issued the directive following a report tabled by the Nyabushozi County legislator, Wilson Kajwengye indicating that tsetse flies have for the past five years affected an estimated 100,000 head of cattle.
The few available dams that used to provide water for the animals have all dried up forcing farmers to trek long distances in search of water. According to the farmers, their animals have started dying due to a lack of pasture and water.
Statistics at the Albertine police Criminal Investigations Department indicate that more than 200 cows were stolen from the region between December 2019, and February 2020. These animals were being stolen and transported to Kampala, Gulu, Masaka, Mbale, Arua, Soroti and South Sudan among other places.
John Rwemikora, a farmer in Tonya Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district, says there is reason to smile since the dams that had dried up have now been filled with water and his animals can easily access water.