Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) a viral disease of cloven-hoofed livestock was confirmed recently in the cattle corridor of Ankole, affecting the districts of Isingiro, Ibanda, Kiruhura, Kazo, Sheema, Lyantonde and Mbarara. In the aftermath, the government announced a total ban on the movement of livestock to curtail its spread.
District authorities have said that the illegal crossing by
herdsmen at the Uganda-Tanzania Border is escalating Foot and Mouth Disease in the
disease (FMD) a viral disease of cloven-hoofed livestock was confirmed recently in the cattle corridor of Ankole, affecting the districts of Isingiro, Ibanda, Kiruhura, Kazo, Sheema, Lyantonde and Mbarara. In the aftermath, the government announced a total ban on the movement of livestock to curtail its spread.
Muhangi, the District Resident Commissioner and Chairperson of the FMD task force says that illegal trade, smuggling and illegal grazing in
Tanzania by either Ugandan or Tanzanian farmers and traders is fuelling an increase in the numbers of infected animals.
He says that often, herders use the porous borders to cross from Uganda to Tanzania and vice versa, further spreading the disease. So far, more than ten people have been arrested on the Ugandan side of the border trying to cross back to Tanzania with their animals.
“it is not…
Cue out…cross to Tanzania.”//
Muhangi however says
that the district has put in place more measures to contain the spread of foot and mouth disease. This includes the ban on the movement of
cattle and increasing animal checkpoints across the district
“We have done…
Cue out…across the district.”//
Mugeiga, a farmer in Rwembogo says that 90 per cent of the FMD in Isingiro is brought
in from Tanzania and mostly by traders and people who sneak to graze. He now wants the
government to increase the security along the borders to stop this movement.
“ekye ejwa obweire…
Cue out…ente ezikutahamu nyekiro.”//
Atukwase, the Nyakakoni Parish Councilor says that they have set up parish
cattle patrol teams who keep monitoring the movement of cattle and whoever is
arrested loses his animals. He says the
biggest challenge was traders from Tanzania but this is being curbed.
“previously eza beire…
Cue out…vaccinating enete zeitu.”//
also, Authorities in Kiruhura faulted the illegal movement of cattle to traders
who disguise themselves as farmers.