The Ministry of Agriculture has lifted the livestock quarantine. The quarantine
was imposed on January 15th, 2019 by the Commissioner of Animal Health in
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, MAAIF.
This quarantine followed an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in
the district. It left many people in
Moroto struggling to earn an income difficult situation since many families
derive their livelihood from livestock and its products.
Anna Rose Ademun, the Acting Commissioner Animal Health in a letter
addressed to Moroto District that the investigations carried by the district
veterinary office showed no clinical signs of FMD.
The letter indicates that there is no sign of FMD registered in Moroto over the
last six months since the last date of disease was observed in the district.
The letter also indicated that vaccination against FMD was carried out
Emmanuel Lokii, the District Youth Councillor Moroto, some children failed to
continue with schools since parents couldn’t sell animals to raise fees. He
adds that the hunger situation worsened in some families because livestock,
which would be sold to buy food was quarantined.
Dr Moses Okino, the District Veterinary Officer in Moroto says lifting of the
livestock quarantine delayed after new cases of FMD were sighted in the
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The quarantine forced businessmen to turn into black market to
sell both animals and meat.