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Butchers, Milk Vendors Defy Livestock Quarantine

A fortnight ago, Bududa district announced a livestock quarantine to prevent the spread of the foot and mouth disease.

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Butchers and milk vendors in Bududa district have defied a ban on the sale of meat, milk and other animal products following the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease.   A fortnight ago, Bududa district announced a livestock quarantine to prevent the spread of the foot and mouth disease.

The quarantine is supposed to last for at least six months in accordance with the directive from the Commissioner Animal Health in the Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Ministry.

However, vendors of animal products are now operating underground. Butchers have nicknamed meat "super match" to confuse enforcement officers.  

The butchers claim selling meat is their only source of income, saying they need money to take their children to school next Monday.   

Timothy Makayi, a milk vendor from Nabweya Sub County, says this is his only source of livelihood for his family, adding that they risk starving should government insist on enforcing the quarantine for six months.  

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"This milk we request that you reduce on the months of the ban because this is what we use to pay school fees, otherwise we shall continue selling it if you want you arrest us,” he said.

A butcher, who declined to be named, said they can’t stop selling meat because it is their only source of survival. Linda Kakayi, a breast feeding mother, says she can’t do away with meat and milk because they are the only cheap source of nutrition in the district.

George Kutosi, the Production personnel attached to Bulucheke Sub County called for cooperation among residents during this period to avoid the spread of the foot and mouth disease in the district.    

John Vincent Okoth, the Bududa District Veterinary Officer, says they are going to work closely with police to apprehend those defying the quarantine. 

He said they are still monitoring the spread of the disease so as to contain it. Felix Odong, the Bududa District Production and Marketing Officer asked residents to report to police whoever they see selling meat and milk in their area.