Last week, the government announced the reopening of the markets. The decision has excited farmers in Bunyoro sub-region who say they underwent untold suffering for the past eight months without accessing Livestock markets.
There is a sigh of relief among cattle farmers in Bunyoro sub-region
following the decision by the government to re-open Livestock markets. In March,
the markets were closed across the country following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Last week, the government announced the reopening of the markets. The decision has excited farmers in Bunyoro
sub-region who say they underwent untold suffering for the past eight months
without accessing Livestock markets.
Richard Tumuhairwe, a cattle farmer in Kasenyi lyato in Buseruka
sub-county Hoima district says now that the Livestock markets are going to be
reopened, he will be able to sell his animals and get money to earn a living.
//cue in;”Nyo ninsiima Ruhanga…
Cue out:..Twatunga ka sente.”//
James Kagina, another cattle farmer says he had failed to buy chemicals to
spray his animals because of the closure of the livestock markets but now he
will be in the position of selling some of his animals to buy chemicals to
treat his animals.
//Cue in;”Hati Mbwenu yo…
Cue out:…Turabeho munsi eno.”//
Godwin Kaganzi, a cattle farmer in Kikuube district says life had become
extremely difficult for him. He says that he couldn't sell animals to look
after his family adding that with the reopening of the markets he will be able
to feed his family.
//cue in;”Tutungiremu advantage habwokuba…
Cue out:…Kale tuteine sente.”//
According to the government, the cattle keepers are supposed to
adhere to several guidelines.
Some of the guidelines include no cattle market in districts under
any form of animal quarantine will open until the commissioner Animal Health
lifts the quarantine, animals’ sellers must be allocated space at least 2
meters from one another, the markets are supposed to have an intact perimeter
fence with an exit and entrance fence, a source of water and hand washing
facilities will have to be installed at the entrance of every cattle market.
Others are that all livestock markets are supposed to have an
isolation paddock for all animals suspected to be sick and the markets will
operate from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm to allow the animals move before curfew time
among other guidelines.