farmers in the Ntungamo district want the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal
Industry and Fisheries to ease the foot and mouth quarantine regulations
imposed on two sub-counties.
government imposed total livestock quarantine on the Sub Counties of Rubaare
and Ngoma in February, 2022 following the outbreak of the Foot and mouth disease.
The district authorities have since been
implementing control measures that include the ban on the movement and sale of
cattle and their products from the affected Sub Counties.
Geoffrey Kato, the chairperson Ntungamo district farmers Association has appealed to
the government to lift the quarantine imposed on the two sub-counties and consider
opening the sale of cattle and their products.
He has also requested that vaccines be provided to vaccinate cattle in the neighbouring areas as a prevention
Kamuntu Ntungamo, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner who also chairs the FMD
Taskforce, says that they have agreed to have samples taken to the National
Laboratory next week for testing and the results will determine if the
quarantine should be lifted or not.
Yak Basulira, the
District Veterinary Officer says they are developing a software app to help manage
the fight against Foot and Mouth disease noting that this will help in
traceability, record keeping, health status and number noting that once it is
complete it will help. He says currently they are focusing on FMD but later
other diseases will be integrated into the App.
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He says the
district has received 70,000 doses of Foot and Mouth disease in phases and
since the outbreak, in January 2022 they have vaccinated 40,000 cattle.
Dr. Anna Rose
Ademun, the commissioner of veterinary in the Ministry of Agriculture says the
farmers should be patient as the Ministry is monitoring the situation and