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BUKEDEA BANS MOVEMENT OF LIVESTOCK OVER FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE

By George Emuron

BUKEDEA: Authorities in Bukedea have imposed a quarantine to the two sub counties due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the district.

Among the quarantined sub counties include Kamutur and Aminit. These are the sub counties bordering Bulambuli district, Napak and Moroto district.

Movement of livestock and livestock products have been banned with immediate effect.

The Aminit LC3 Chairperson Mr. James Peter Adok told UGReports Tuesday that about one thousand three hundred cattle are infected with the foot and mouth disease.

He said the quarantine has taken a period of three weeks since it was imposed by the district authorities but no positive response is yet provided by the district.

“The district officials came and took the samples, but no response has been given yet and the number of the infected cattle is increasing,” Mr. Adok said.

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He also added that so far a total of five cattle have died in his area within the period of three weeks.

“I want to appeal to the government to look for any possible measures to get the vaccine and help farmers, most of the farmers are affected,” Mr. Adok asked.

In Kamutur sub county Jackson Ojekede, the LCIII chairperson said about 5000 cattle are infected in his sub county.

Ojekede said the quarantine was delayed when most of the farmers were affected.

“The district veterinary officer and his team are conducting routine checkup of the cattle but we lack the vaccines”, said Mr. Ojekede.

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Bukedea district has got the biggest weekly cattle market in Uganda which serves over four countries of Sudan, Kenya, and Tanzania among others.

Ben Angura, Kabarwa sub county chairperson who is the neighbor to Kamutur Sub County said the cattle traders have resorted to passing to his sub county to connect to the weekly cattle market since the movement of cattle was banned from Kamutur Sub County.

“I want to call upon the district leaders to strengthen the policy, cattle traders have now resorted to pass in my sub county in order to connect Bukedea, this puts my sub county at risk of contracting the disease”, said Mr. Angura.

Mr. Angura also added that his sub county has over 2,000 cattle but they are not safe at all since quarantine restricts only the movement of cattle but the cattle are drinking the same points with the ones which are not infected.

Aloysius Bukenya, the acting district veterinary officer said the ban of cattle movement in the two sub counties was to avoid rapid spread of the virus in the district.

“We are yet to compile data for the entire district but as of now, the veterinary officers are on the ground to conduct assessment, ” Dr. Bukenya said.

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