The National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) has revealed that it has made a breakthrough in making an anti-tick vaccine.
This was revealed yesterday by NARO Deputy Director General,
Dr. Yona Baguma while addressing the State Minister for animal industry, Joy
Kabatsi in Nakyesasa inn Wakiso District.
According to Dr. Yona, the new vaccine has been developed by a team of Ugandan scientists under NARO, assisted by a team of experts from Spain led by Prof. Jose Dela Founte.
Dr. Yona says the new vaccine is expected on market as soon as possible. It will be the best in Africa and second to Gavac vaccine which was developed in Cuba.
“As soon as we are done with the process of registration and other requirements, the drug will go on market and farmers won’t cry again with ticks because it is the best on African Continent,” Dr. Yonah said.
The Minister thanked the team for this development and pledged more support from Cabinet.
“This project is entirely funded by the Government of Uganda. Cabinet has put aside Shs100bn specifically to support these scientists. The animal subsector contributes heavily to the economy of this Country. That is why we need to put in a lot of money,” Kabatsi added.