Gov't to Seal Off Borders to Tame Animal Diseases Top story

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Gen Elly Tumwiine, the Minister of Security notes that the Uganda Tanzania-border is to be manned by security officers including the army and police to stop illegal movement of animals from Tanzania to Uganda until when the quarantine in Uganda is lifted.

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries has unveiled new strategies in collaboration with the Security Ministry, local leaders and other stakeholders to combat animal diseases in the South Western corridor.

 
The new strategies include sealing off Uganda's borders, restricting animal quarantines to the sub county level, availing vaccines, zoning Uganda basing on acaricides used and branding Ugandan animals.

 
The new strategies were developed during a multi-stakeholders symposium at the National Farmer Leadership Centre-NFLC at Kampiringisa in Mpigi District.

 
Dr. Anne Rose Ademun, the Acting Commissioner Animal Health notes that the animal industry is currently faced with unprecedented episodes of animal disease outbreaks, which have caused economic loss through deaths, decreased and poor quality products and high costs of treatment among others, which are undermining returns to farmers and the country at large.


 
Twenty nine districts across the country are currently under quarantine due several animal diseases. Records at the Agriculture ministry single out the Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD, Contiguous Bovine Pleuropneumonia-CBPP, Goat Plague, Tick Borne Diseases, Lumpy Skin Disease as the diseases of great concern.
 
 

The FMD has spread from known spots along the Uganda-Tanzania border to affect other districts across the country with 56 percent prevalence rate from the original four percent in 2012. Dr. Ademum says following the stakeholder's meeting animal quarantines will be restricted to specific sub counties where the disease is reported.
 


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She adds that reopening of animal markets will also be done systematically after confirming the area is free of a given disease.

 
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In the 2017/18 financial year, government spent Shillings 10 billion in procuring vaccines. Dr. Ademum believes that if the laid strategies are followed to the latter, the funds can be channeled to other priorities such as supporting farmers to transform into modern farming. 
 


Gen Elly Tumwiine, the Minister of Security notes that the Uganda Tanzania-border is to be manned by security officers including the army and police to stop illegal movement of animals from Tanzania to Uganda until when the quarantine in Uganda is lifted.
 


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He says they will also heighten security on major and access roads to ensure that no animal from diseased areas is transported.
 

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Agriculture Minister, Vincent Ssempijja says government has been injecting a lot of funds in treating and vaccinating animals but its efforts go to waste due to lack of strict policies. He blames the meson local leaders, politicians, security officials, technical persons and farmers.
 
Ssempijja notes that the prevalence is alarming and needs urgent attention since it compromises the food security, seriously disturbs trade in livestock and affects local revenue.  The minister called upon all stakeholders to embrace the resolutions so that Uganda's animal products can penetrate and compete favorably on the world market.