Cabinet releases guidelines aimed at reinforcing Animal Health

On the 26th of September, 2018 Hon. Joy Kabatsi the State Minister for Animal Industry presented to the general public, resolutions made by a Cabinet meeting that sat on Monday 24th September 2018 at State House Entebbe.

During the Cabinet meeting, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) presented Information Paper No. 163 on the Status of Foot and Mouth Disease and Efforts by MAAIF to prevent and Control Animal Diseases. 

Above: A farmer in Masindi district who deals in cattle trade. The information paper was developed by the Directorate of Animal Resources which rolls out interventions with the main objective of supporting sustainable animal disease and vector control, market-oriented animal production, food quality and safety; for improved food security and household income.

In a bid to reinforce work being done by the Ministry regarding in the area of Animal Health, Cabinet resolved to roll out the following guidelines as presented by the State Minister.

  1. When a notifiable disease such as foot and mouth disease (FMD) is confirmed, the Commissioner will impose full Quarantine Restrictions on the affected sub-county. This quarantine shall affect animals and animal products such as raw milk, meat, hides and skins, dung or manure, horns and horn products, hooves and any other materials suspected to have come in contact with infected animals.
  2. No animals and animal products shall be allowed to move into, out of and through the affected sub-county. Only processed milk and milk products (pasteurized milk, UHT milk powder, yogurt, ice cream) will be allowed to move.
  3. All markets within the affected sub-county and those that are outside the affected sub-county but within less than twenty kilometer radius will be strictly closed until the Commissioner pronounces lifting the quarantine.
  4. Only markets at a radius of twenty kilometers or more from the affected sub-county, will be allowed to operate,
  5. District administrators and Security personnel shall work with the Veterinarians to strictly enforce the quarantine restrictions.
  6. Strategic animal check points will be established at all routes leading into and out of the sub-county and will be manned by the community task force with technical support for the District Veterinary Officer
  7. All people, items, vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles and other goods moving out of the affected sub-county will be disinfected using Virukill disinfectant, diluted according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
  8. The DVO will promptly report any new cases of the disease to the Commissioner Animal Health and submit samples to the laboratory
  9. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries shall procure from Botswana and Kenya and maintain adequate stocks of the multi-valent FMD vaccine in the country. As a long term measures, HE Y. K. Museveni pledged an additional USD 2million to support Ugandan scientists to expand vaccine production in Uganda including FMD vaccine. NOTE: The country is already producing the best thermostable New Castle Disease (NCD) vaccine. New Castle disease is a common disease of poultry.
  10. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in collaboration with the respective local governments will vaccinate cattle in the sub-counties bordering the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) to create a buffer against FMD incursion
  11. H. E. Y.K. Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda will discuss with his counterpart, H. E. John Pombe Magufuli of URT about harmonising FMD vaccination programs in the two sister nations.
  12. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in collaboration with Presidency and other stakeholders will conduct awareness creation campaigns for the public on issues of disease prevention and control, quarantine enforcement and compliance.
  13. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries shall revise upwards the penalties for those violation quarantine restrictions to five years imprisonment and the animals impounded will be auctioned or destroyed depending on their health status.

Above: Hon. Joy Kabatsi, the State Minister for Animal Industry presenting the guidelines to the media at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala on the 26th of September, 2018.

Notes to editors

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About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.

The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

See strategic objectives here.

See Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan here.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

The Departments of the Ministry which do not fall directly in the above include the Department of Agricultural Planning and Development, the Human Resource Department, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.

The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).