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Cattle Disease in Lyantonde Caused by Tick Resistance to Acaricides

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.
State Minister for Agriculture Bright Rwamirama addressing the media

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Fisheries has attributed the death of 500 heads of cattle in Lyantonde to the resistance of ticks to acaricides.

Last year, livestock farmers in Lyantonde were attacked by a rare strain of bacterial infections affecting animals in the area.  The strain was identified to be Black Quarter, an infection that 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.

The disease also affects the lumen of the affected animals, causing blood-diarrhoea and eventually leading to death.

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.

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According to the Lyantonde Veterinary Department, the common coordination centre in Lyantonde for the vaccination exercise against the disease that was recommended by the Ministry lacked the recommended drugs for vaccination.

Despite opening up a vaccination campaign, many farmers in Lyantonde were still persuaded by private and under-qualified veterinary practitioners who are administering poor quality prescriptions to the animals.

Other farmers were also reluctant to observe proper biosafety standards at farms and seeking veterinary services for their animals which are also contributing to an increase in opportunistic infections in livestock.

Flavia Nakanjako a senior veterinary officer at the Ministry of Agriculture says that the ministry is well aware of the issue of tick resistance to acaricides and that the matter is being addressed.

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Last year, Doctor Leonard Bameka, the Lyantonde District Veterinary Officer says that resistance to acaricides is worsened further by the use of counterfeit vaccines and treatment drugs by area farmers.

George Willia Katamba, the secretary of Mpumudde sub-county cattle dealers’ cooperative also said that they lack veterinary officers to appropriately guide farmers on the kinds of acaricides.

According to Katamba, many farmers were still ignorant of livestock diseases. He, therefore, challenged the government to provide vaccines at no cost to farmers if they are to decisively get rid of the disease from the area.