Kabale Hit by African Swine Fever Again

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The Kabale acting District Veterinary officer says that the disease has so far killed over 100 pigs in a period of one week.

Kabale district has been hit by African swine fever a few months after the district was declared free of the disease.
According to Dr. Bernard Kabagambe, the Kabale acting District Veterinary officer, the disease has broken out again in three divisions of Kabale Municipality, sub counties Muko, Ikumba and Bufundi.
The authorities have imposed quarantine on movement of animals and a ban on the sale and consumption of pork and its products in the district.
Kabagambe says that the disease has so far killed over 100 pigs in a period of one week.
Kabale district on the May 3rd, 2012 lifted the ban on pork and the transportation of pigs despite new swine fever infections being reported in the district.
The ban was lifted by Frank Ntaho, the Kabale district Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), following increased pressure from farmers, pork joint operators and the consumers after the district authorities failed to move in and provide a solution to the disease.
The disease had been declared in the district in late September 2012 but in April farmers and pork joint operators started defying the ban slapped by the district accusing the authorities of not doing enough to check the spread of the disease after it claimed 1250 pigs.
Felix Akankwasa, a pig farmer, says that he is disappointed with the authorities for rushing to slap a ban instead of killing all the affected animals since they cannot provide a vaccine for the disease.
Charles Basherura also a piggery farmer in Southern division Kabale Municipality says farmers and pork joint operators are set to defy the ban since the district has on several occasions slapped such bans but fails to check the disease.
He says that this time round the farmers is not ready to lose as a result of the authorities’ negligence.
Kabale district acting Veterinary officer Bernad Kabagambe insists that the farmers must corporate if the disease is to be wiped out or else they stand to lose more animals.
He says that the farmers politicized the disease back in May prompting the authorities to lift the ban yet they were not sure whether the district was free from the disease.
He says that there is no cure for the disease.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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