KAMPALA: The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has today handed over nine hundred thirty thousand and two hundred (930,200) doses of Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccines worth Ugs7, 090,914,600/= to twenty-two (22) districts in the Cattle Corridor.
In 2021, Government of Uganda approved the implementation of the NDPIII adopting the Agriculture Value Chain Development Strategy. The strategy prioritizes access to quality seed and stocking materials, disease control, mechanization and water for production, farmer education, support to large scale farmers as lead farmers and affirmative support to fisheries subsector through the promotion of the aquaculture.
As the livestock industry booms, contributing 7% to the National GDP, government has undertaken deliberate precautionary measures that will ensure that Ugandan livestock products are safe for both domestic and export markets. Among these is a keen emphasis on Animal Disease Control for which MAAIF has adopted a number of measures.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon. Frank K. Tumwebaze, applauded the Animal Health Department for their successful control of the Foot and Mouth Disease in 50% of the earlier reported districts.
“I am pleased to inform Ugandans that FMD has been successfully managed in eleven of the earlier reported twenty-two districts. And with these vaccines, we will be able to adopt the ring vaccination strategy of precautionary management of the disease. This will go a long way to protect our dairy sub sector that is currently estimated at 3 billion liters per annum,” Hon. Tumwebaze said.
He further cautioned District Veterinary Officers from imposing illegal charges for vaccination to the farmers, “this business of charging poor farmers for vaccines that are already paid for by tax payers money must stop if it hasn’t. I implore farmers to be vigilant and report any such incidents to the enforcement agencies to enable us track and weed such culprits form our system.”
The District Veterinary Officer, Mpigi District, Dr. Daniel Kasibule, who was speaking on behalf of the District Veterinary Officers that received their vaccines, appreciated the government for the timely intervention geared towards launching us into external markets.
“Riding on the implementation wave of the Parish Development Model, this will give livestock farmers a strong foundation that will enable them compete favorably in the regional and international markets,” Dr. Kasibulue said
The Commissioner Animal Health who is also Uganda’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Anna Rose Okurut Ademun, committed to a timely and ethical delivery of these vaccines to the grass-root farmers by the District Veterinary Officers.
“I implore my fellow veterinary officers to do our work well. It is what will boost Uganda’s access to lucrative dairy marketsand eventually Kick out Foot and Mouth Disease from Uganda,” Dr. Ademun said.