By Aggrey Twesigye
The Mbarara District Veterinary Officer Andrew Akashaba has revealed that they have contained the foot and mouth outbreak in the two sub-counties of Biharwe and Kagongi.
Akashaba said that only two sub-counties out of eight that form Mbarara District were affected by the outbreak.
“But we have managed to contain it and in the two farms in Kagongi Sub County and two in Biharwe division. So both sub-counties were placed under quarantine by the ministry of agriculture animal industry and Fisheries,” he said.
He said the disease has been controlled and it has not spread from the four farms in the two sub-counties.
“The disease was detected in four farms; two in Kagongi, two in Biharwe and the animals in both farms have already healed,” he said.
The district is in the process of taking a sample to check again if the animals are completely healed before lifting the quarantine in the two sub-counties. The district has also vaccinated 25,000 heads of cattle and particularly in the areas that neighbor Kiruhura district which was heavily affected.
Akashaba said they are in the process of lifting the quarantine. “Since they [farmers] have cooperated, we are very sure that we are going to request the Ministry of Agriculture to lift the quarantine.”
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