Kiruhura District Lifts Cattle Trade Ban

UGANDA - After almost four years, the ban on selling of livestock in open markets in Kiruhura District has been lifted.
calendar icon 24 September 2009
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The ban was part of quarantine measures instituted by the government in 2006 following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the region reports The Ugandan Daily Monitor.

The quarantine, which barred movement of livestock and their products, was cast upon all districts in the cattle corridor including Mbarara, Isingiro, Lyantonde, Rakai and Sembabule. The District veterinary officer, Dr Francis Mugisha told The Ugandan Daily Monitor, that the markets become operational next month.

He said the opening of the markets will give a great boost to the district and sub-county local governments’ revenues. The district shares 36 per cent of the revenue collected from these markets and the rest goes to sub-counties where markets are located. Kiruhura is one of the leading cattle keeping areas in the country and is a destination for traders from different areas in and out of Uganda.

All markets in the five sub-counties in Kazo constituency; Kazo, Buremba, Kanoni, Burunga and Rwemikoma have been opened, which run twice a month. In Nyabushozi only markets in Kenshunga, Kinoni and Kashongi sub counties have been opened.

The ban remains on those in Nyakashashara, Kikatsi, Sanga and Kanyaryeru. Mbarara and Isingiro markets however will remain closed. “If we open them, we would be in trouble, [of disease spread]” said Dr Bruhan Kasozi, the Isingiro District veterinary officer.

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