Butchers and livestock dealers in Kyotera district are protesting the enforcement of livestock movement restrictions in the area.
Last week, Doctor Anna Rose Ademun, the Commissioner for Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries issued a circular, directing veterinary authorities in over 30 districts in the cattle corridor, to enforce livestock movement restrictions as a way of managing the Foot and Mouth Disease in their areas.
The districts that were served with instructions circular include Sembabule, Lyantonde, Kyenjojo, Gomba, Rakai, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Bukomansimbi, and Kyotera among others.
She instructed that affected districts be put under total quarantine with prohibited movement of animals, and their products, as well as closing down all livestock markets, slaughter places, and butcheries.
However, the traders are protesting the restrictions, arguing that their enforcement is unreasonable.
Mr. Sulait Kyambadde, the Chairperson of the Kyotera Animal Traders and Butcher Owners Association says that closing down livestock-related businesses has grave financial implications for individuals, communities and the economy. Mr. Sulaiti speaking….
Kyotera District Chairperson Patrick Kintu Kisekulo also shares similar frustrations and adds that he is yet to find justifiable reasons for the enforcement of quarantine in the area. Mr. Kintu speaking…
He asked the ministry to mobilize the community about preventive measures than enforcing quarantine. END.