Meat dealers at the city abattoir are confident they will meet their clients demand in the coming festive season, despite the presence of a ban on the movement of livestock from Western Uganda.
A quarantine of cattle movement has been in force since November this year, when there was a reported outbreak of the foot and mouth disease in 19 western Uganda districts. Titus Kisenyi, the General Secretary of the Uganda National Livestock Traders the abattoir spokesman says, the quarantine has not affected the supply of livestock as had been speculated.
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Kisenyi says 1,200 cows are needed for the Christmas festive season that will be sourced from individual farmers selling their animals.
Kisenyi is however worried that they may record sales of meat because some consumers are concerned about the health of livestock amidst the disease scare. According to Kisenyi the lowest meat sales were recorded in 2005.
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Issa Nsubuga, the chairman of the city abattoir says the price of meat skyrocketed to 5000 shillings a kilogram because of the rise in the transport cost of each animal from 20,000 to 60,000 shillings because of the quarantine.