Traders Defy Cattle Quarantine

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Butchers and livestock traders in Teso region have defied a cattle quarantine following the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease

Butchers and livestock traders in Teso region have defied a cattle quarantine following the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease. Early this year, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries imposed quarantine on the sale and movement of livestock in Teso to control the spread of the foot and mouth disease.
 
 
The quarantine covered the districts of Soroti, Kumi and Bukedea. Despite the quarantine livestock traders and Butchers in Soroti, Bukedea and Kumi have reopened for business as usual. Chris Okuku, Chairman Soroti Lifer says that they decided to open because the ministry had remained silent since the quarantine was imposed early this year.
 
 
Okuku says that they decided to open to be able to make some money and feed their families because of the biting poverty. He also says that since the ban was imposed they have not seen any ministry official vaccinating animals in the region. Jorem Akol, a resident of Malera says that he had failed to raise school fees for his children because of the ban on the sale of livestock.
 
 
Akol is happy that the cattle markets have reopened and cattle traders are buying their animals. Janet Apolot from Osioda Kumi says that she has been finding it difficult to raise tuition for her son who is joining university. She says that ever since government announced the quarantine no body had visited her kraal to buy her cows because they thought they were sick.
 
 
Abdu Siraj, a cattle trader from Mbale says that despite the fact they buy cattle cheaply from Teso they find a big problem to transport it because they are intercepted by police. A bull which used to go for shillings 800,000 now goes for shillings 600,000. Dr Charles Ongelech, Kumi District Veterinary Officer says that they are vaccinating the animals adding that the situation is being complicated by livestock traders who have resumed operations. 

 

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