Livestock farmers in Bunyoro Sub region are crying foul
following the closure of livestock markets as part of the control measures
against the spread of corona virus in the country.
The livestock farmers say the presidential directive on the
closure of livestock markets has hit them had since their livelihood entirely
depends on animals.
They want government to relax the directives to allow them
sell some animals for survival.
Benon Mugisa, a herdsman in Buseruka in Hoima district, says
life has become extremely difficult for them now that they cannot sell animals
since they no longer access markets.
He says the current situation could push
them into poverty since animals are their only source of income.
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Cue out:…gaitu gali kubi.”//
James Kasumba, a livestock farmer in Kagadi District, says they
can’t afford buying acaricides to spray their animals because of the closure of
the live stock markets.
George Taremwa, a herdsman in Kigwera in Buliisa wants the District Security Committee
to issue them with permits to allow them sells some animals for survival.
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Vicente Rukundo, a herdsman in Kyangwali Sub county Kikuube district, says some
of their family members may succumb to famine since there is no nearby market
where they can sell animals to get money to buy food.
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Cue out:…TureTwa hwerwa.”//
Despite the closure of live stock markets, meat prices have remained stable in
the region with most butchers selling a kilo of meat at 12000 Shillings.