Last year, the district reported an outbreak of lumpy skin disease in November and since then, animals have never been vaccinated. The outbreak was confirmed in Nalwanza, Bududa, Bushika and Bumasheti sub-counties.
Fred Wambewo, a driver on the Mbale-Bududa route, says that most roads in the district need to be rehabilitated to make them motorable. He said initially it used to take them 40 minutes to drive from Mbale to Bududa but it now takes more than 2 hours because of poor roads.
Milton Kamoti Wasunguyi, the Bududa district chairman asked farmers not to sabotage the government programs in their sub-counties if they are to gain out of them. He said they should calm down if they want the best out of the district.
Peter Wamboyo, another farmer, says that the government would have given them a platform to decide on what they want instead of giving them inputs, which are not helpful to them. He says that they would have given them animals to rear instead of plantlets.
. Paul Mumwata, a livestock farmer, says that he lost his two animals on Saturday to the disease. He says that the animals presented with difficulties in breathing and by the time he called a vet, it was too late to save them.
Godfrey Kigai another farmer said this is the fifth time the district has supplied them coffee seedlings but whenever they (farmers) plant, the seedlings don’t grow.
He also blamed the district officials for not monitoring the coffee seedlings and asking for feedback from them before they can supply more.
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.
Abasa Watuwa, the Bubiita Sub-County LC III Chairperson, says the plants ran on generator power for four years, which became unsustainable. He says that they have applied for power from Umeme, which has taken long to come.
Peter Wateya, a farmer from Bududa Sub County, says the project will only benefit those with money to buy the equipment and not small scale farmers like him. He argues that it is very hard for small-scale farmers to raise Shillings 2 million required for the project.
Stephen Wambewo, a farmer from Nabweya told Uganda Radio Network that he has always wanted to acquire good breeds of animals but he had failed because authorities ask him for money yet he thought it was free.
John Vincent Okoth the Bududa District Veterinary Officer says that the district lacks funds to vaccinate more than 80,000 heads of cattle in the whole district. He adds that the government has not prioritised the disease as it has done for foot and mouth disease, anthrax and swine fever.
John Vincent Okoth, the Bududa District Veterinary Officer told URN that the disease spreads very fast most especially during the dry season when animals wonder in communities in search of food.
He however said this is viral disease, which has no curative measure but rather control it by use of antibiotics, which take long for an animal to heal but not fully.
He asked farmers to also spray their animals every six months so that they can get rid of it in the district.
John Mwaule, the LCI Chairperson for Nashanane village and one of the affected persons, says that the landslides have destroyed all his gardens of coffee and other crops. He blamed the government for leaving families in highly risky areas and resetting people who were in better places.