Ankole districts under fresh cattle quarantine

Ankole districts under fresh cattle quarantine
Long horned Ankole-Watusi cattle. The decision to quarantine the animals by the ministry comes barely a week after reports of a new outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease FMD, an extremely contagious viral disease which affects cattle, sheep, and buffaloes and pigs. Courtesy Photo.

The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries has issued fresh quarantine on the movement of cattle in the districts of Mbarara, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Lyantonde and Sembabule.

The decision by the ministry comes barely a week after reports of a new outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD), an extremely contagious viral disease which affects cattle, sheep, and buffaloes and pigs.

State Minister for Animal Industry Joy Kabatsi says that the outbreak of the disease originated from Isingiro district where farmers have been reportedly smuggling in animals from neighboring Tanzania.

Kabatsi faults authorities in the respective districts for failing to implement a directive to vaccinate all animals brought into the country.

She says that her office has already directed the concerned officers to ensure that the quarantine is effected to check further spread of the diseases.

The decision comes barely five months another quarantine spanning a period of more than 10 years was lifted for Isingiro district.

However, farmers and the political leaders have challenged the move and are instead calling for mass vaccination of the animals.

Donozio Kibanda the Councillor for Birere Sub County in Isingiro district told our reporter that the ministry should move in and sensitize the locals. Norbert Ssemusu, a farmer in Mbarara Municipality believes that the quarantine should be followed by serious efforts aimed at eradicating the disease.

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