According to Barnabas Rugyenda, an enforcement officer in Kalungu attached to the district veterinary office, the impounded cattle were being transported from Tanzania to Kampala through Kalungu district despite the livestock quarantine which was recently placed on most parts of the cattle corridor districts following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD).
Leonard Makya, the Chairperson of Lukaya Animal Traders and Butcher Owners Association says closing down operations of livestock-related businesses have got grave financial implications they cannot bear with.
Dr. Ronald Bameka, the Lyantonde District Veterinary Officer-DVO, says that they have vaccinated animals on several farms in Kanshagama, which was the most affected. The FMD resurgence found the vaccination campaign ongoing prompting the veterinary officers to expedite the exercise.
In 2011, the Ministry of Works and Transport through a donation worth 1.9billion shillings from the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project-LAVEMP, undertook to construct a permanent market in Lukaya town council for hundreds of roadside vendors who operate from the area.
Lucy Acayo, a poultry farmer in Locken village who lost over 70 chickens to the disease, says the high mortality rate has severely impacted her only source of livelihood since selling chicken is her major source of income.
The farmers say that due to the reduced water volumes in the river, the scheme management has now resorted to rationing. Patrick Mwesige, a staff of the Mubuku Irrigation Scheme in charge of water, says the water in the river is not enough; affected by a dry spell, and human activities upstream which have affected the volumes in the canals.
David Balironda, the Manager Kalangala Oil Palm Tree Out Growers Trust (KOPGT), says the increased prices have pushed farmers to harvest immature fruits. He, however, says this has led to the low-quality extraction rate in the mills, which has the potential of lowering the price of palm oil fruits.
The UK has insisted that Brexit gives it a chance to negotiate closer trade deals with African countries and that it will strengthen trade and economic relations. However, this is posing a challenge for countries like Uganda, which have to export their products through the EU to the UK and have to go through different custom procedures that came with it.
Joseph Lomonyang the Napak LCV Chairperson says that over 2,000 people mainly from six sub-counties of Matany, Lopei, Lokopo, Lorengechora, Iriiri and Apeitolim have crossed to the neighbouring Teso districts of Amuria, Katakwi, Kapelebyong and Soroti looking for food.
Michel Walandama a trader said he has always sold his bunches at a give away price because they are very cheap in the market. He said a bunch which is bought from the farmer at 10,000 is sold at 8000 in the market, something that is continuing to harden their business.
According to Dr. Ronald Bameka, the District Veterinary Officer (DVO), more than 500 animals especially cows and goats are infected adding that they decided to close all beef, mutton, goat’s meat butcheries, pork joints and meat-roasting stalls and cattle markets to control the spread.
Panaleo Anywar, a farmer in Labora village, says he started growing watermelon in 2017. Anywar used to grow onions, cabbages and tomatoes. He says after his first attempt at growing water melon, he decided to incorporate it among the crops grew and says he earns more from watermelon compared to all the other crops.
In a letter dated January 8, 2021, and written by Daniel Odongo of Okwir and Company Advocates on behalf of Among Agnes and 130 others who are also claiming ownership of the land, Odongo accuses the Chairman Lango Cooperative Union Maxwell Akora Akora and others of causing the suffering of over 300 people of Angayiki.
Mary Nakut one of the gold miners in Rupa sub-County in Moroto district said accessing water for washing soil to get gold out has become difficult since most water sources including boreholes have dried up as a result of the current drought.
Nathan Mutungi, the Chairperson Nyakihanga Fruits and Vegetable Growers Cooperative Society, says they decided to suspend the operations of the factory due to numerous challenges that require government intervention.