CABINET APPROVES SHS 10M FOR FMD VACCINE

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Cabinet has approved sourcing of ten million doses of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine to enable scaling up of ring vaccination in the affected districts.

Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries Minister, Frank Tumwebaze said in a statement that the decision to control and eradicate the disease was reached in a meeting chaired by President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe yesterday.

The cabinet also approved a plan by the government to create a revolving fund to enable procurement of sufficient FMD vaccines periodically in the country to facilitate compulsory bi-annual vaccination of the susceptible domestic animal population.

According to Tumwebaze, when the revolving fund has been created and adequate vaccine stocks have started coming into the country, vaccination of all susceptible domestic animals will be made compulsory and proof of vaccination will be a pre-condition for any farmer to sell any animal or animal products.

A total of 36 districts have been affected and under quarantine following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease.These include; Budaka, Bukedea, Bukomansimbi, Bunyangabu, Butaleja, Fort Portal City, Gomba, and Ibanda.

Others are; Isingiro, Kabarole, Kasanda, Kayunga, Kazo, Kiboga, Kibuku, Kiruhura, Kumi, Kyankwanzi, Kyegegwa, Kyotera, Luuka, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Mbarara, Mbarara City, Mityana, Mpigi, Mubende, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Namisindwa, Ngora, Ntungamo, Rakai, Rwampara and Sembabule.

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