Government fails to intervene over Anthrax attack in Bududa District.
By Afayo Shadrach Bethel,
The government’s failure to intervene over the outbreak of anthrax in Bududa district has irked livestock farmers. Bududa district confirmed the outbreak of anthrax in May this year after claiming one person and over 30 heads of cattle.
However, more than one month and a half after the outbreak of the disease in the district, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries, and Fisheries has not provided a solution to the livestock farmers. According to the local authorities, they announced a temporary livestock quarantine with the hope that the government would swiftly provide vaccines in vain.
Dr. Felix Odongo, the Bududa District Production Officer says that since the confirmed outbreak of the disease, they have not seen any intervention from the central government. He says that the district has continued to sensitize farmers to privately vaccinate their animals.
John Baptist Nambeshe, the Manjiya County MP, who is also the Opposition Chief Whip noted with concern that the government’s failure to address the problem has impoverished the people who depended on livestock as their source of income