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Foot and Mouth Disease: Sembabule Counts UGX 500M Revenue Loss

Jude Kaginda, the Sembabule district Finance Secretary, says they have been performing poorly in local revenue collection over the last two years translating to about 43 percent. He says besides individual losses suffered by livestock farmers resulting from FMD, the district budget was equally affected by the quarantine.
Cattle Ranchers in Sembabule are counting losses due to Food and Mouth Disease, the district has also registered local revenue losses due to Quarantine.

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Sembabule district has registered a huge shortfall in local revenue collections due to the outbreak of the Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD, which affected animal sales. The district has been under quarantine for the last two years to contain the further spread of the disease.

Jude Kaginda, the Sembabule district Finance Secretary, says they have been performing poorly in local revenue collection over the last two years translating to about 43 percent. He says besides individual losses suffered by livestock farmers resulting from FMD, the district budget was equally affected by the quarantine.

Kaginda explains a huge percent their local revenue comes from direct levies on the sale of livestock and their products. He says the livestock quarantine led to the closure of all markets, which compelled farmers to smuggle animals out of the district.

The district charges Shillings 10,000 and Shillings 3,000 on each cow and goat sold respectively. According to the district 2017/18 budget framework paper only Shillings 113.18 million out of the projected Shillings 615.34 million was realized.

He also says they have so far been able to realize only Shillings 98.7 million out of the projected Shillings 665.34 million projected for this current financial year. Kaginda says they are now considering identifying some areas that are free from the disease and reopen their markets for normal business.

 

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Cue out: ….million bina nga tufiirwa."//

But Phoebe Keishanyu, the Workers Representative and livestock farmers in Rugushuulu Sub County warns against rushing to reopen the markets, saying it may worsen the already bad situation. She acknowledges the huge losses registered and advises the district to enforce the quarantine strictly to eliminate FMD.

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Cue out: ….mebeere fair."//

Bernard Buyayo, another farmer in Ntuusi Sub County, says FMD has persisted in the area due to negligence among big ranchers, some of whom are even leaders.

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Cue out: ….paka myaka 2030."//

But Willy Batalongaya, the Sembabule Chief Administrative Officer, says the Agriculture,  Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Ministry directed technical teams in the district to carry out an assessment and report back to allow the ministry chat away forward, saying the assessment will commence next week.