Farmers in Hamurwa and Nyamweru Sub Counties in Rubanda district have
been hit by a strange live stock disease that has killed many of them
in a period of two weeks.

The most affected villages are Habubaare, Bugandura and Gwarujongo in
Igomanda parish Hamurwa Sub County and the villages of Hataba,
Gwashuju, and Kashambya in Kyokyezo parish in Nyamweru Sub County.

The farmers say that the disease attacks live stock mostly goats and
sheep and about 20 of them have died.

According to Hamurwa sub county district councilor Pius Tumwerinde
Rukyemwe the animals get bulged stomach, dripping nose, abnormal
change in skin color and eventually dies within a day.

Tumwerinde says that most of the farmers have decided to sell off the
goats and sheep at cheaper price rather than losing them all. He also
adds that he has informed the district veterinary officer Rubanda
district about the matter.

The Rubanda district Chairman Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema says that they
have received  complaints about the strange disease that has hit
the two sub counties.

He adds that they have instructed the veterinary officer to visit the
sub counties to establish the disease and later give a report to the
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries for assistance.

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