Foot and Mouth Disease: Five Livestock Markets Closed in Teso

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According says the quarantine has hit him hard as his family depends on his earnings from the cattle trade.

Five livestock markets in five districts in Teso have been closed to contain the spread of the foot and mouth disease in the region. They are Ocorimongin, Arapai, Bukedea, Mukura, Odelo and Ngora livestock market. 

The closure of the markets comes after the Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Ministry announced quarantine in 32 districts in Eastern and Northern Uganda following the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease. In Eastern Uganda, the disease has also been reported in Napak, Nakapiripirit, Abim, Kotido, Alebtong, Pallisa and Mbale among others.

The temporary closure of the livestock markets has hit hard livestock traders. Michael Ole, a father of nine has been a livestock trader for over 30 years. According says the quarantine has hit him hard as his family depends on his earnings from the cattle trade.

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James Okwi, the chairperson Soroti district Cattle Traders says the quarantine has landed a serious blow to the trader since some of them were servicing bank loans. He says despite the quarantine, the financial institutions inspect the traders to service their loans as agreed.
 
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Martine Olasi, a cattle trader Ocorimongin in Katakwi district says that he bought 80 cows that he was planning to sell on Friday at Ocorimongin livestock market, which is now closed. According to Olasi, he will now incur expenses of keeping and treating the animals which he says eats into his profit margin.
 
Dr. Patrick Eyudu, the Soroti District Veterinary Officer says the disease was first reported in Gweri sub county three weeks but it has now spread to Arapai, Katine, Asuret, Kamuda, Tubur and Soroti sub counties. He says livestock markets will remain until further notice.

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Dr. Ariko Onyait, the Katakwi District Veterinary Officer, told URN that despite the fact that, the disease has not yet been reported in his district, the Ministry has stopped the movement of livestock. He says districts bordering Katakwi are affected bythe  Foot and Mouth.
 
The Foot and mouth disease is an infectious viral disease that attacks hoofed domestic and wild animals. It can be spread by infected animals and their products, vehicles and feeds. In 2011, the agriculture ministry announced quarantine in the districts of Soroti, Kaberamaido, Amuria, Katakwi, Kumi and Bukedea following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease.

 

About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.