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Parliament demands details as livestock quarantine extends to 32 districts

A case of FMD

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries – MAAIF to explain the progress made in containing foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

In his communication during a plenary sitting on Thursday, Tayebwa observed that a section of farmers across the country have raised concerns about the quarantine being enforced by the Ministry.

“Farmers whose livelihoods depend on these animals need to be appraised but also you as leaders, [because] when you go to your constituencies, you will be asked these questions,” said Tayebwa.

The Ministry of Agriculture recently imposed a quarantine on 32 districts across the country following the new outbreak of FMD. The affected districts include; Luwero, Gomba, Isingiro, Kazo, Kiruhura, and Sembabule among others where the disease has been detected in many herds.

Movement of livestock and livestock products into and out of these districts or through to other districts is immediately banned, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Tayebwa directed the Minister in-charge of the Agriculture ministry to present a statement on Thursday, next week, explaining how long these districts have been under quarantine and how long they are anticipated to remain quarantined.

“We need to be brought on board to know how best to respond to these issues. What the government is doing to resolve the matter? When will the farmers get vaccines against Foot and Mouth Disease? How did the disease spread to various districts yet they usually locked up immediately after they get such cases, and what is the Ministry’s long-term plan, to manage and reduce the economic burden of FMD effects of foot and mouth disease,” Tayebwa questioned.

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He also directed the minister to appraise Parliament on the kind of support the ministry requires from other stakeholders including Parliament to address this matter. “It’s not that we want to interfere with how they are controlling but we want to be brought on board so that we read from the same chapter, otherwise, you’re going to be answering different questions in your constituencies,” he added.

Uganda has about 40 million livestock including 16 million goats, 15 million heads of cattle, 5.6 million sheep, and 5 million swine.

FMD is a viral disease of cloven-hoofed livestock and wildlife including cattle, goats, swine, sheep, and buffalloes. It has occurred several times in Uganda since 1953 when it was first confirmed. It is characterized by fever and blister-like sores on the tongue and lips, in the mouth, on the teats, and between the hooves.

The disease causes severe production losses, and while the majority of affected animals recover, the disease often leaves them weakened and highly unproductive.



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