Geoffrey Okot, a piggery farmer at Pagik Parish says that the disease was first detected in late February but has since escalated and killed over 30 pigs in his neighbourhood including his within four days.
An Outbreak of suspected African Swine Fever has killed hundreds of pigs in Kitgum
Suspected African swine fever has killed over 30 pigs in Gulu
district. The most affected are the
farmers of Pagik Parish in Paicho Sub–County.
Geoffrey Okot, a piggery farmer at Pagik Parish says that the
disease was first detected in late February but has since escalated and killed
over 30 pigs in his neighbourhood including his within four days.
According to Okot, out of his four pigs that have so far died of
the strange disease, three were hybrid while one is a local breed. He said
before the pigs die, they appear to be very weak with liquid substances coming
out of their mouths and that after they die, their ears and lower abdomen turn
Nairobi Onyuta, another farmer at Boke –Ber Village, Pagik Parish,
Paicho Sub –County in Gulu District said at first, he thought his pig died
following a snake bite but after many more of his pigs and that of his
colleagues continued dying under the similar circumstance, they realized it is
a strange disease killing their pigs.
According to Onyuta, he has now opted to slaughter the other pigs that are weak
so that he does not make a loss.
Phillips Ongwec, the Chairman of Pagik Parish says that they
suspect the disease killings pigs in his area is swine fever because the pigs
die with foam in their mouths and reddish ears and abdomen.
He said the affected villages are Boke –Ber, Olwo and Lul. Ongwec
adds that more than seven pigs are dying every day because the majority of the
pigs are in a free-range system, making it easy for the disease to spread.
Simon Peter Otema, the Paicho Sub –County Veterinary Officer says that
he is yet to investigate the cause of the disease.