President Yoweri Museveni has attributed the rampant loss of livestock in the country to the failure by veterinary officials to sensitize the farmers on proper drug use against ticks.
Museveni said that lack of zoning regions for easy management, farmers’ laziness and government laxity over control of animals’ drugs distribution channels to the farmers and violations of livestock rights are the other causes of the loss of livestock.
The President was today speaking at the launching of a new drug (Vectoclor Acaricide) against ticks.
The drug is used by spraying cattle against resistant ticks that have threatened cattle in the country for many years.
The Acaricide has a combination three drugs and is manufactured in Brazil.
The demonstration was conducted at Kiruhura district headquarters by a technical team from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, led by the Commissioner in Charge of Animal Diseases Control Dr. Agnes Rose Ademun.
The Head of State noted that the launch today had opened a massive national campaign to eradicate ticks in the country.
“Ticks did not come yesterday. In Western Uganda’s cattle corridor, the nomadic way of life was caused by the presence of ticks and worms, which hindered animals to multiple at a reasonable rate since 1958. By the time of independence, Uganda had seven million heads of cattle. But because of political turbulence, the number reduced to three million by 1986,” he said.
“However, since the inception of NRM, the number of cattle has increased to 14 million because of the prevailing peace. However, there have been mistakes caused by the veterinary section that never guided the farmers properly yet they had the knowledge, equipment and capacity to educate the people,” he added.
About the new drug, he remarked: “I am convinced that this new drug spray on animals against ticks is going to be effective. If it succeeds, it will be openly and officially legalized for public use.”