Bududa district has partially lifted the
livestock quarantine almost eight months after it was announced to contain the Foot and Mouth Disease.
The disease broke out in Nalwanza, Bukigai, Bududa, Bubiita and
Bulucheke Sub counties. Now, Bududa District
Veterinary Officer, John Vincent Okoth, says they have allowed the movement of animals
and their products with immediate effect.
He however, livestock shows like bull
fighting, which is a popular pastime activity in the area will only resume when
the Commissioner Animal health in the Ministry of Animal Industries and
Fisheries announces lift the quarantine country wide.
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Dr. Felix Odong, the
Bududa District Production Officer who also doubles as the Nusaf Desk officer,
says they were in the process of returning Shillings 300 million to the Office
of the Prime Minister meant to buy animals for 21 groups in the district.
He however, says they
were advised the Commissioner Animal health to hold on as they wait for total
lifting of the quarantine as requested by the district. Bululu Yonasan, the
Bududa District Vice Chairman who also doubles as the production Secretary
hailed government for giving them FMD vaccine.
He has advised traders
against buying animals from other districts and bring them to Bududa so as not
to re-infect their cattle.
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John Wanabuta, a
cattle trader in Bududa district has welcomed the partial lifting of the
quarantine, saying they have been scratching their heads on how pay fees for
their children when school re-opens after the lock down. He however, says they
are now ready to sell some animals to get what to eat.
Juma Namondo, a farmer
from Bumayoka Sub County says they have been facing a challenge of selling
their animals and would hence sell them at a low price. Bududa district received
5000 doses FMD Vaccine from the ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and
Fisheries to conduct mass vaccination.