March 1, 2024

Kyegegwa District Implements Urgent Livestock Sale Ban to Halt Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

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KYEGEGWA

In a decisive move to contain the rapid spread of Foot and Mouth Disease, authorities in Kyegegwa district have enforced a ban on the sale of livestock at the Rwensasi market, effective next week.

The weekly market, held every Thursday in Ruyonza Sub County, Kyegegwa district, witnessed its final trading day last evening (Thursday), marking the last opportunity for cattle transactions as mandated by local authorities.

During a crucial consultative meeting held yesterday at the Rwensasi farmer’s Cooperative buildings, Winnie Kyakuhaire, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Kyegegwa, emphasized the necessity of the quarantine.

She pointed out that the decision stemmed from traders’ failure to comply with preventive measures, prompting the district to take stringent action.

Representing the Lc5 Chairperson, Byron Mabondo, the Ruyonza Sub County district councilor and district secretary for production commended farmers for their cooperation in the fight against the disease.

He stated that the primary objective of the meeting was to explore effective measures to prevent the further spread of Foot and Mouth Disease.

Highlighting the importance of vigilance, Kyegegwa District Police Commander (DPC) SSP Godfrey Ninsiima urged the community to exercise caution.

He indicated that the animal quarantine might be lifted only if authorities observe a successful containment of the disease.

This proactive measure is part of the district’s broader strategy to protect livestock and ensure the health and well-being of the community.

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