Lazarus Oboo, the Angagura Sub-County Chairperson says residents continue to defy the ban to consume carcasses from the dead animals in hiding for fear of being arrested by Police. He says the practice pose grave health risks to those consuming meat from the affected animals.
Pastoralists affected by the outbreak of Black Quarter disease in
Pader district are defying the ban on sale and consumption of animals killed by
The farmers are secretly selling meat from affected animals at
1,000 shillings down from 10,000 shillings while sick mature animals are sold
at 100,000 shillings from 800,000 shillings to butchers operating in the
An outbreak of Black Quarter disease has so far killed 330 cows in
Pader district in the last one-month forcing council to pass a resolution
calling for mass vaccinations of animals after Agriculture Ministry announced a
ban on consumption and sale of cattle products in the district.
The disease has also claimed many animals in neighbouring Amuru and Omoro
In Angagura Sub-County, a kilogram of beef sells for between 1,000
and 2,000 shillings since 4 animals started dying in the area every day in
Lazarus Oboo, the Angagura Sub-County Chairperson says residents continue to
defy the ban to consume carcasses from the dead animals in hiding for fear of
being arrested by Police. He says the practice pose grave health risks to those
consuming meat from the affected animals.
Angagura Sub-County LC5 Councillor Dickens Ojok says the carcass is being sold
between 4,000 and 7,000 shillings a kilogram in some places.
Dr Tony Aliro, the Head of veterinary Department at Gulu University says the
carcass is unfit for human consumption. He says it is recommended that dead
animals be burned or buried underground without being eaten.
Black Quarter is a bacterial disease that affects tender calf killing them
within a week of infection. Its symptoms include limping and swollen shoulders
while the meat assumes a black appearance shortly after the animal succumb to