Kiboga Bans Mov't of Pigs Over African Swine Fever Outbreak

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Kiboga district authorities have banned the movement and slaughter of pigs following the outbreak of African swine fever.

Kiboga district authorities have banned the movement and slaughter of pigs following the outbreak of African swine fever.
 
Dr John Bosco Tingira, the Kiboga district veterinary officer, says the latest outbreak was reported and proved by pathologists at Makerere University at the beginning of this year.
 
Tingira says the disease was first reported in Kiboga town council, but has now spread to Kibiga, Lwamata, Kapeeka and Bukomero sub-counties. Although explaining that so many pigs have died due to the disease, Dr, Tingira doesn’t readily provide the exact figure saying they are still compiling data.
 
Prosy Nalongo, a farmer from Kiboga town council, says she has lost eight pigs. She says the tests that were carried out by officials from the district veterinary department proved that her pigs had succumbed to African swine fever.
 
Dr.Tingira on Friday announced a ban on movement of pigs and their products in the district. He says the quarantine is intended to control the spread of swine fever to other sub-counties.
 
Dr Tingira says swine fever last broke out in the district in the year 2010.
 
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The outbreak has also affected the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) program in the district. Dr Tingira says they have temporarily suspended the procurement of pigs under NAADS program as monitoring of the situation continues.
 
 
Frank Isooba, the Kapeke sub-county Farmer Forum chairperson, says the outbreak has left many farmers in his sub county facing huge losses.
 
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The Kiboga outbreak comes barely a month after Kabarole district in Western Uganda lifted a six months ban on movement of pigs and their products following African swine fever outbreak mid last year.