“Given the numerous water bodies, we are endowed with, we are equally well-placed in the fisheries industry and everybody should be happy to note that we are on a fast road of improvement in the animal industry. Our main challenge however, is the fact that our farmers have not been able to exploit this potential which results in low productivity, low quality of products and limited value addition.” VP Jessica Alupo.
Janet Nafuya, Sironko District Agriculture Officer, says that the money is already on the district accounts waiting for extension workers to complete sensitizing the beneficiaries from the targeted sub-counties to start distributing the pumps.
Johnson Odera Acellam, the Orom Sub County LC III Chairperson says that despite UWA’s recruitment of community scouts in the area as part of the strategy to manage problem animals to their dismay there has been limited response.
According to Latek, the district has written another letter to MAAIF seeking more vaccines in order to cover the entire district, adding that the only communication they received is that their request is yet to be granted.
The Prime Minister who arrived in the district aboard a chopper was assessing the magnitude of damage as well as following up on the relief food which delivered by the OPM to over 200 persons displaced by floods and currently living in a camp.
In June this year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries lifted the six-month quarantine imposed on the district to contain the spread of FMD. The quarantine saw a ban on the sale of cattle and their products.
The Executive Director of Horyal Investments Holdings Limited, Mohammed Abdi Mohamoud says they have opted for the longer route because the poor roads make it impossible for trucks to access the factory using the shorter routes.
The State Minister for Agriculture, Bright Rwamirama on Friday said that in some areas of Lyantonde the cows were not responding to the acaricides which caused several tick-borne related diseases leading to deaths.
Lawrence Nyanzi one of the first area locals to visit the scene of the attack recounts to Uganda Radio Network -URN that they found most of the 21 goats dead while others were fighting for their lives due to bite injuries inflicted by the dogs.
Grace Kazigate Fatumah, a member of The National Agriculture Advisory Services-NAADS secretariat she says the recent NAADS assessment findings on apple growing across the country indicate an observable lack of skills among farmers and extension workers on how the crop is planted, maintained and marketed.
Jackson Lakor, the Gulu District Production Officer says that the vaccines from the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries will target cattle in the most affected areas in Palaro and Awach Sub –Counties. He says the vaccination exercise shall commence on Wednesday.
Kidega says immediate inquiries revealed that the animals were brought in the area courtesy of a local resident identified as Livingstone Oketa who invited the pastoralists on a verbal agreement with the cattle keepers who would also herd his animals along theirs.
Auma Pamela Peace, a resident of Kirombe in Lira city was among the ghost beneficiaries listed to have got the consignments but after investigation, it was found out that she does not know about the project since she hails from Lira district yet her number was registered in the names of Okema Vincent under Laguti sub-county in Pader district.
Annah Nkabuzaranwa, a farmer from Nyakakoni says that the cranes eat leaves of beans and millet as they grow above the ground. She says the crested cranes have become a problem following the destruction of their habitat in the wetlands.