The State Minister for Animal Industry, Lt Col (Rtd) Bright Rwamirama (pictured), has announced a total ban on the sale and movement of livestock in Lyantonde, Kiruhura and Sembabule Districts in a bid to contain Foot and Mouth Disease.
While meeting farmers and district leaders at Kiruhura and Lyantonde District Council Halls on Friday January 17, Rwamirama said the quarantine, which has been imposed on all cattle markets, will stay on until a comprehensive vaccination exercise against Foot and Mouth Disease-(FMD) that invaded the three districts since August 2019 is done.
“I am aware of what you are going through because I am also a farmer like you, but I cannot allow my officers to lift the quarantine when I am not yet sure all animals from the three Districts are properly vaccinated, otherwise it may spread to other areas and that will be a disaster to the Country,” the Minister said.
On Thursday 16th January, 2020 the Minister also visited Lwemiyaga County in Sembabule District where cattle markets had been forcefully opened by the area Member of Parliament, Theodore Ssekikubo to assess the situation. The Minister was accompanied by the Commissioner for Animal Health, Dr. Anna Rose Ademun and other senior officers from the Ministry.