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Sembabule Farmers Threaten to Demonstrate over Quarantine

Sembabule district has been under restricted livestock movement for more than two years, following an outbreak of the highly contagious Foot and Mouth Disease in the area. Under their umbrella Sembabule Cattle Keepers Association, farmers have issued a 14-days ultimatum for the ministry to give a progress report on the quarantine.
Ranchers under the umbrella of Sembabule Cattle Keepers’ Association in their meeting in which they resolved to stage a demonstration over quarantine.jpeg

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Cattle keepers in the Sembabule district have threatened to demonstrate over government's failure to lift the quarantine on the movement of livestock.

Sembabule district has been under restricted livestock movement for more than two years, following an outbreak of the highly contagious Foot and Mouth Disease in the area.

Under their umbrella Sembabule Cattle Keepers' Association, farmers have issued a 14-days ultimatum for the ministry to give a progress report on the quarantine.

Moses Ninsiima, the association chairperson says; many farmers have since been affected by the quarantine.

Ninsiima also says that since August when the quarantine was placed, they have not registered new deaths of cattle.

//Cue in: “minister tafugira…..

Cue out: …… bagenda ku district.”//.

Ninsiima says that they have several times requested the ministry to send animal inspectors to ascertain reports on the ground in vain.

//Cue in: “oba obulwadde…..

Cue out: …..gye ku ground.”//

But Mathias Kintu Musoke, the Sembabule District Resident Commissioner, says that the farmers should remain calm. He says that negotiations are on-going to address the matter.

Dr Edward Kalungu Kawoya, the Sembabule District Production officer says, their team recently submitted a third batch of animal blood samples to the ministry for analysis before they are given ago ahead to open the markets.