Dan Mukago, the LCV Chairperson Kiruhura district says that their request to the police leadership to avail the district with police personnel attached to the Agricultural Police Unit has fallen on deaf ears.
Leaders in Kazo and Kiruhura districts have decried the lack of
enough manpower to enforce the Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD quarantine guidelines.
Last year, the Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Ministry
imposed a total quarantine following the reported cases of Foot and Mouth Disease.
The restrictions included the closure of animal markets, the movement of
animals within and outside the two districts among others.
However, due to a lack of manpower and vehicle, the two districts are making it
difficult to enforce the restrictions.
Dan Mukago, the LCV Chairperson Kiruhura district says that their request to
the police leadership to avail the district with police personnel attached to
the Agricultural Police Unit has fallen on deaf ears.
He says he had also written to the Chief of Defence Forces-CDF for UPDF
soldiers to enforce the movement of animals at night through porous routes.
Dr Grace Asiimwe, the Kiruhura District Veterinary officer says
that the department has less than six staff that can’t enforce the restrictions.
He also says that they have resorted to using police but also lack funds to
facilitate them to move to the affected areas.
Rev Samuel Mugisha, the LCV Chairperson Kazo District says that
being a new district, the veterinary department lacks a vehicle for monitoring
//Cue in: “ekindi naha district…
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On Thursday, the Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and
half a million doses of Fotivax, a Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine. The
doses will be distributed to 52 districts along the cattle corridor including
Kiruhura, Lwengo, Kazo, Isingiro and Lyantonde.