Gulu Bans Beef After Eid

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Gulu district has issued a ban on the movement of cattle and sale of all dairy products effective Saturday, October 27th, 2012.

Gulu district has issued a ban on the movement of cattle and sale of all dairy products effective Saturday, October 27th, 2012.

According to Gulu District Veterinary Officer Tonny Aliro, the declaration follows the death of 60 cattle in the sub counties of Odek, Lakwana, Awach, Patiko and Bobi in Gulu district due to an outbreak of  the contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) disease.

Aliro explains that the animals started dying in September with Odek Sub County alone registering 30 death cases.

The doctor suspects the disease came into the district following entry of cows from Teso in April this year into the affected sub counties.

Following the outbreak, Aliro says an estimated 25,000 cattle will be vaccinated with the CBPP vaccine when it arrives next week.

Meanwhile, whereas butchers are aware of the quarantine following an earlier meeting with the Vetinary office, the general public seems to have been taken by surprise. Rose Anyeko, a restaurateur in Gulu market, says the ban will greatly affect her business since the price of non-livestock meat is likely to rise.

Acholi sub region has a cattle population of only 42,000 and experts say the disease outbreak is a big threat to government’s attempt to restock the area.