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Pader Pastoralists Defy Meat Consumption Ban

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.
01 May 2019 18:14
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 disease.      

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 district.    

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 district.

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 March.   

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 the disease.