Livestock farmers in Bunyoro Sub region have asked government to
reopen livestock markets to allow them sell off some animals to sustain their
President, Yoweri Museveni closed the livestock markets in March
this year as part of the control measures against the spread of corona virus in
Livestock farmers say life has become unbearable for them since
they can no longer provide for their families due to lack of income.
Akandwanaho, a herdsman in Bugoigo in Buliisa district, says this is the most
difficult time he has ever experienced in his lifetime.
He calls on government to listen to their pleas and reopen
livestock markets to allow them sell some animals to provide for their
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Stephen Vatiri, a cattle farmer in Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district, says
the lockdown have plunged them in poverty.
He also says their animals are the
verge of dying because they don’t have money to buy drugs to treat them.
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Godfrey Kahiiga, a livestock farmer in Kikuube district asks government to
reopen the livestock markets under tight Covid19 prevention guidelines, saying
they are ready to comply.
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Zabuloni Rwobwitizo, another herdsman is worried that some of
their family members could succumb to hunger since they don’t have money to buy
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During his nationwide address on Monday evening, president,
Yoweri Museveni maintained the suspension on Livestock markets, saying they attract
people from different parts of the country, a thing he says could further
facilitate the rapid spread of the disease in the country.