According to Dr. Ronald Bameka, the District Veterinary Officer -DVO, they relaxed the quarantine only in the town council which has no FMD case; Kyemamba, Mpummudde, Lyakajura and Kasagama sub-counties will remain quarantined as they continue assessing the FMD situation
The yearning for meat for residents
of Lyantonde town council was fixed just in time for Easter celebrations by the district authorities who relaxed
the Foot-and-Mouth-Disease on the weekend.
Meat consumers, farmers, butchers, and restaurant owners have been complaining
since February 2021 when the quarantine was enforced and meat businesses suspended.
But now according
to Dr. Ronald Bameka, the District Veterinary Officer (DVO), they relaxed the
quarantine in the town council which has no FMD case.
He adds that Kyemamba, Mpummudde, Lyakajura and
Kasagama sub-counties will remain quarantined as they continue assessing the FMD situation.
explains that they made a special arrangement to get the animals including cows,
goats, ship, and pigs from Lwengo district which is not under quarantine so that
people can get meat on Easter and Easter Monday.
adds that they collaborated with the livestock dealers and district authorities
in Lwengo to ensure they get healthy animals.
the local farmers have been allowed to sell their animals after thorough
inspection by the veterinary doctors so as to generate income. The DVO further explains that livestock dealers, farmers, and residents in other
sub-counties are still complaining and incurring losses since they are stuck
with their animals and milk.
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is among the districts that were quarantined following the FMD outbreak. Others
include Ssembabule, Kalungu, Rakai, Kampala, Gomba, Wakiso, Kiboga, Kiruhura, and Kiryandongo.
The rest under quarantine are Kyankwanzi, Kyotera, Koboko, Bukedea, Mbarara, Masindi,
Mukono,Nakaseke, Nakasongolo, Rubirizi, Ibanda, and Serere.
these districts, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal, Industry, and Fisheries further
banned the movement of animals and their products such as meat, milk, hides and
skin among others.
The cattle markets of Kyemamba, Kyenshama, Kitindo, and Kanshagama and the loading
sites in every parish plus abattoirs and butcheries were also closed.
Nakaggwa, operating a small restaurant at Lyantonde market, says she welcomed
the move because meat has been in high demand.
explains that the Christians have fasted for 40 days and prohibiting meat on
Easter interferes with their Easter celebrations.
Nakaggwa further urges the government to lift the quarantine countrywide for at least
two days, Easter and Easter Monday.
Kaggwa, a butcher in Lyantonde town council, explains that relaxing the quarantine will allow them to make some money since Ester is one of the days
when the meat is in high demand.
adds that they have increased the meat from 10,000 Shillings to 12,000 Shillings due to the
scarcity of animals and increasing demand for meat.
Bameka explains that the arrangement to get animals from Lwengo will cautiously continue
until when the ministry of health guides on what to do in other FMD-affected