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John Vincent Okoth, the Bududa District Veterinary Officer told URN that the burn will take a period of six months as they wait for communication from the Commissioner Animal Heath in the Agriculture, Animal industry and Fisheries Ministry.
An animmal in Bududa showing signs of Foot and Mouth disease

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Bududa district has imposed a six months ban on livestock movement and their products following an outbreak of the Foot and Mouth disease.     

The cases are of the Foot and Mouth diseases have been reported in Bubulali village in Bunamubi parish Bukigai Sub County and Bumwalye village Bumwalye parish in Bulucheke Sub County.    

John Vincent Okoth, the Bududa District Veterinary Officer told URN that the burn will take a period of six months as they wait for communication from the Commissioner Animal Heath in the Agriculture, Animal industry and Fisheries Ministry.   

He called on farmers to isolate the affected animals and report to the relevant personal in their respective sub counties for earlier management. 

According to Okoth, they closed livestock markets, butcheries and bull fighting until the ministry comes to their rescue.

   

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Felix odong, the Bududa District Production and Marketing Officer, says the quarantine will lower the market of animals and affect local revenue collection. 

He says this is also going to affect the livelihood of residents whose source of income has been selling animals.     

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Elisa Khawanga, the Bulucheke Sub County LC III chairperson has asked residents to cooperate with the directive but also vaccinate their animals to minimize deaths. 

He reiterated Odongo’s concern how the quarantine is going to affect the people economically.   

Emma Wanambwa, a livestock dealer asked government to expedite the process of procuring vaccines so that they can resume their market activities. 

He also called upon the district to conduct a census of animals so that they can be vaccinated because some of the animals are always left out due to inadequate vaccines.   

Simon Masaba, a milk vendor who earns a living from the same wonders how his family is going to survive for the next six months because selling milk has been his only source of livelihood.        

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