Rift Valley Fever: Kabale Beef, Dairy Traders Count Losses

Sunday Peter a butcher  at the Kabale Central Market says sales have dropped significantly since the outbreak of the fever

As the health ministry continues the fight to contain the spread of the deadly Rift Valley Fever that broke out a few days ago in Kabale District, information pills local businesses have started to feel the pinch.

Reports from the south western district indicate that the sales in beef and dairy products have drastically plummeted.

The hemorrhagic fever, the first ever in the country, is spread mainly through contact with such animal products according to experts. The first case was a local butcher, who is still being treated in Mbarara Hospital.

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Godfrey Tugume in Kabale reports now that a liter of milk which has been selling at Shs. 1000 has gone down to Shs.600.

Also a number of meat traders at the Kabale central market who talked to our reporter said that  sales had gone down tremendously.

Sunday Peter a butcher at the Kabale Central Market says since the outbreak, a cow can be sold in more than three days, yet he used to slaughter one each day.

Rev. Venerable Kayongwe Basherura the Kigezi dairy cooperative society chairperson says his association used to sell over 5000 liters per day which has now dropped now to 1000 liters.

He says the cooperative is now stuck with over 10,000 liters of milk which is likely to go to waste.

Dr Bernard Kabagambe the Kabale district senior veterinary officer says that the samples that were taken from the 56 animals have all tested negative.

He however continued to warn locals to avoid buying roadside untested meat.

Due to the heightened security, there have been reports that some traders who don’t work at the various abattoirs have been selling meat discreetly and transporting it in milk cans.


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