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Cattle Farmers, Traders Count Loses as FMD Hits Mbarara :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Cattle Farmers, Traders Count Loses as FMD Hits Mbarara

The quarantine was imposed by the Commissioner for Animal Husbandry Dr Ann Rose Ademun following the outbreak of the disease in the cattle corridor and directed that the quarantine stays in place until the area records zero cases.
(L-R) Dr Moses Amanyire Mbarara City Veterinary Officer, Robert Mugabe City Mayor and Lilian Kobusingye the deput City Clerk

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The ongoing livestock quarantine sparked by an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease outbreak has left farmers in agony and financial distress.

The quarantine was imposed by the Commissioner for Animal Husbandry Dr Ann Rose Ademun following the outbreak of the disease in the cattle corridor and directed that the quarantine stays in place until the area records zero cases. The other affected districts include Ibanda, Mbarara, Isingiro, Sheema, Kazo and Kiruhura, among others.

Mbarara City Veterinary Officer Dr Moses Amanyire says they have so far registered 20 active cases from different farms from Bunusya, Rwemigina, Rwenjeru, Nyarubanga, Ruti and Rwakishakizi wards. He says they are now holding meetings with the city leadership and sensitizing farmers and the business community on how to manage the situation.

Mbarara City Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi asked the government to urgently provide vaccines to enable farmers to tame the disease before it cripples business in the area.

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He also asked the ministry to convene an urgent regional meeting to seek ideas and solutions from people on the ground on how to fight Food and Mouth Disease. Amanya warned those who will be caught smuggling animals and their products that huge penalties await them as prescribed under the Animal Husbandry Act.

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Frank Nabaasa, the Defence Secretary of Mbarara City Abattoir, stated that the quarantine would affect the upcoming school opening, as it is the main source of income for those involved in the animal husbandry sector. He added that the government should only enforce quarantines in affected areas rather than the entire city.

Emmanuel Buma, a cattle trader wants the government to urgently send the vaccines and provide them with a specific date when the quarantine will be lifted.

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James Mugume, a cattle farmer in Ruti ward said he is stranded without money to buy vaccines for his sick animals and pleaded for government intervention. Lilian Kobusingye, the deputy City Clerk said since the outbreak of FMD in Mbarara City, the leadership has embarked on enforcement of inspection and monitoring as they wait for vaccines from the Ministry.

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