Fatal Goat Disease Devastates Herds in Moyo

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A contagious disease that affects goats has killed more than 30 goats distributed through government agricultural programs in Moyo district. The disease, caprine pleuropneumonia, has been reported in Pakarukwe and Ramogi South villages in Dufile Sub-County. Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia is a cause of major economic losses to goat production ni Arica and Asia. Information from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says once goats contract the disease, the rate of death can be as high as 100 percent. Dominic Lali, the Moyo District Veterinary Officer, says the mortality rate in Moyo is very high. He says some goat herds, which have received vaccination against the disease still have a number of sick animals and he is puzzled as to why. He says blood samples have been sent to the Uganda Virus Research Institute for further testing. Lali says all the infected goats were procured through the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF). They are all Boer goat crossbreeds. George Alumai, a goat farmer, says caprine pleuropneumonia has wiped out his small herd of 14 goats. He says all his hopes for a better financial future were tied up in those goats and he is now at a loss for what to do next.