The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is too cash-strapped to carry out routine animal vaccination.
The Ministry of Agriculture is mandated to carryout nationwide animal vaccinations every year. It is also supposed to avail vaccination and drugs in the event of a disease epidemic.
However Nicholas Kauta, the Commissioner of Livestock Health and Entomology, says government doesn't have the money for the job.
Kauta says most animal vaccines are too expensive for government to afford. He gives the example of Foot and Mouth Disease, a common deadly livestock disease, for which a single vaccine dose costs about 3,000 shillings.
Kauta explains that given Uganda's growing livestock population, it is difficult for government to raise the money to routinely vaccinate all animals in Uganda.
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The Ministry of Agriculture is supposed to vaccinate against contagious bovine pneumonia, rabies and foot and mouth disease
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