UGANDA - Livestock farmers, whose cattle were recently attacked by the tick borne disease will have to wait a little longer to have their animals vaccinated. Government says it lack funds to carry out the vaccination.
According to Ms Joy Kabatsi, the State minister in charge of Animal Husbandry, the Shs10 billion, which was budgeted to carry out vaccination of cattle and sensitisation of farmers has not been secured yet.
“We are still waiting for the funds and we expect to receive the money in January next year. I am hopeful that the exercise will kick off as soon as we receive the funds because the situation is worsening,” Ms Kabatsi told Daily Monitor in a telephone interview recently.
This comes weeks after livestock farmers in both Kiruhura and Sembabule districts expressed worry over the tick borne disease that is threatening to wipe out their herds of cattle.
Some farmers claim they have been using acaricides in spraying and dipping animals against ticks for the last five years, but they have become ineffective and resistant to the disease.
Source: Daily Monitor
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