The farmers argue that the idea of bankrolling each parish Savings, Credit Cooperatives Societies (SACCOs) with 30 million shillings to be used in addressing individual challenges of each of the benefiting individuals, is likely to cause less impact on the lives of farmers.
Dr Ronald Bameka, the District Veterinary Officer says the area is currently battling with dealers who are duping farmers with different varieties of counterfeit livestock medicines including acaricides that don’t provide the required remedy to ticks.
According to Dr. Ronald Bameka, the District Veterinary Officer -DVO, they relaxed the quarantine only in the town council which has no FMD case; Kyemamba, Mpummudde, Lyakajura and Kasagama sub-counties will remain quarantined as they continue assessing the FMD situation
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.
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.
Muntu, who was campaigning at Lyantonde district playground in Sunday, promised that if elected in office, his government will actualize the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security in Africa.
The Lyantonde District Veterinary Department last month confirmed an outbreak of a rare-acute infectious disease in livestock which manifests with inflammation in the lumen and within skeletal muscles of the affected animals. The infection which blocks blood flow in the veins had killed more than 500 head of cattle at the time.
The strain has been identified to be Black Quarter, an infection which stacks the animal’s muscles and blocks blood flow in the veins causing its sudden death. Research shows that the infection is mainly caused by contaminated pasture.
According to Namukasa, they have been pleading with President, Yoweri Museveni to intervene and instruct the line Ministry to lift the ban in vain. The herdsmen who claim to be supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM, have threatened to quit the Party and join the opposition if their concern is not addressed.
Lyantonde Resident District Commissioner Suleiman Tiguragara Matojo says that they have received complaints against caretakers at different cattle ranches involved in the fishy supply of meat on the local market.