MAAIF Halts Movement of Animals in Amuru Over Foot and Mouth Disease

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has halted the movement of animals from Amuru District, following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).   The information was revealed by the Minister of State for Northern Uganda, Grace Freedom Kwiyocwiny, just one week before the start of the first phase of the…

MAAIF Starts Distribution of Hand Held Tractors in Alebtong

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries, and Fisheries has distributed hand-held tractors and other agricultural implements in Alebtong District.       The program has been piloted in Ajuri county, where the ministry delivered and handed over eight tractors to eight sub-counties of Abako, Amugo, Omoro, Angetta, Adwir, Awei, Amugu, and Amugu Town Council. Other tractors and farm…

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Uganda Biodiversity Fund, Buganda Kingdom Partner to Grow Indigenous Trees

Buganda Kingdom has partnered with the Uganda Biodiversity Fund (UBF) to start a large-scale initiative for growing indigenous trees throughout the kingdom. The five-year, “Ekibira kya Kabaka” campaign is part of broader efforts to restore Uganda’s biodiversity and combat the devastating impacts of climate change resulting from environmental degradation. The campaign will be supported by…

Nebbi Authorities Concerned Over Rapid Spread of Contagious Goat Infection

Nebbi district is battling a surge in the spread of the suspected contagious caprine pleuro-pneumonia (CCPP), a highly contagious disease among goats. According to official figures reported to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries, the disease has already claimed 14,650 goats, while 38,747 others are infected.  The authorities are concerned that this number…

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How Striga Weed is Devastating Agago Farmers

John Alutu has had the most demoralizing maize harvest this year because of Striga weeds. “From four acres of maize, I got only three sacks,” Alutu reveals. Several districts in Uganda, including Agago district, where Alutu resides, are battling Striga, an invasive weed also known as witchweed.  The weed disables crops by leeching off their roots to…

FAO Aids Karamoja Animal Disease Control

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has donated vaccines and equipment valued at over US$1 million to combat animal diseases in the Karamoja region. The donation includes 300,000 doses of Foot and Mouth Disease vaccines for cattle and other large ruminants, 140,000 doses for small ruminants, and an additional 200,000 doses for lung disease in…

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