Authorities in Nakaseke District have declared a cattle movement ban in Ngoma and Kinoni sub-counties following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in these areas.
According to the Nakaseke District Veterinary Officer, Dr Moses Ssekandi, the quarantine affects both the movement of cattle and cattle products to ensure that the disease does not spread to other areas.
“It is true that a cattle quarantine has been declared in the sub-counties of Ngoma and Kinoni where foot and mouth disease has affected several animals. We shall not allow movement of cattle, including their products as a control measure,” Mr Ssekandi said yesterday.
According to the Nakaseke District Council Speaker, Mr Enock Nyongole, who is also the Ngoma Sub-county councillor, more than 300 animals have been infected with the disease.
He said the quarantine could cripple farmers’ livelihood.
“Our farmers livelihood could be crippled if the situation is not arrested in time. This is a festive season where we expect farmers to sell the animals at the different markets,” Mr Nyongole said.
LC5 chairperson Ignatius Kiwanuka said they have engaged the police to patrol Ngoma and Kinoni sub-counties to ensure animals are not smuggled out to areas which are not affected.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor