Lyantonde, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Lyantonde district veterinary authorities have relaxed the ban on the sale and movement of cattle and animal products in the district.
Early this year, the district authorities banned the sale and movement of cattle and animal products in the district to contain the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in the area.
Dr. Ronald Bameka, the Lyantonde District Veterinary Officer says that they have decided to relax the quarantine in some areas of the district which have not reported any case of FMD.
While meeting herdsmen and cattle dealers in Kasagama and Lyakajjula areas, Bameka said cattle keepers in areas free of FMD are free to sell and buy cattle and other dairy products since their areas are not affected.
He, however says that they will only allow people to buy and sell animals from cattle farms.
Some of the areas that have been allowed to operate are Kasagama and Lyakajula. The other sub-counties such as Kaliiro, Kinuka and Lyantonde rural among others are still under quarantine.
Bosco Kalema, the chairperson of butchers in Kasagama sub county says that they are happy that the district veterinary office has responded to their call to relax the quarantine in their area.
Kalema also thanked the veterinary office and farmers in Kasagama for fighting the spread of FMD in their areas and asked farmers in other areas to emulate them.
Andrew Ssemutono, a cattle keeper in Lyakajura says that the farm loading system will enable farmers who have spent months without selling cattle to get some money to help them take back their children to school and run their homes.
He has asked cattle traders and herdsmen to follow the guidance from the veterinary authorities so that they can operate without clashing with the authorities.