Authorities in Gulu have partially lifted the quarantine on the sale and consumption of dairy products. Gulu Authorities have partially lifted the quarantine on the sale and consumption of dairy products. Last year, Ministry of Agriculture banned the movement of cattle and sale of all dairy products following the outbreak of the contagious Plerepeunemonia-CBBP in the district. The ban, which was announced on October 18, 2012 by Dr. Tony Eliru, the Gulu Veterinary Officer followed the deaths of several cattle in the sub counties of Odek, Lakwana, Bobi, Patiko and Awach.
The quarantine was expected to last six months to pave way for the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries to vaccinate all cattle in the district. But Dr. Tony Eliru says that they have been forced to partially lift the ban on the sale and consumption of meat after running short of drugs to vaccinate all the cattle in the district. Eliru says that they had originally planned to vaccinate all the animals in the district before lifting the ban but the drug stock out has forced them to review the deciosion. He also says that they have not registered any new cases in Gulu district over the past one month.
Now, livestock traders are allowed to buy cattle from the neighboring districts like Apac, Lira and Nwoya and take them straight to the abattoir in Gulu town. But in Gulu, residents are concerned that unscrupulous people may take advantage of the situation to sell meat from infected animals. Olga Auma, a resident of Kasubi in Bardege Division in Gulu Municipality is one of those who are concerned. Aluma claims that bought meat from a butcher in her area last week but the meat tested differently from the one she used to enjoy before the quarantine.
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Alphonse Otto, the proprietor of Binen Restaurant has welcomed the lifting of the quarantine. Otto says that the ban had led to a hike in the price of goat’s meat which was being sold at 12,000 shillings while chicken had become too scarce in the district due to high demand. He however says some customers are still skeptical about eating meat for fear that it might be from infected animals.