The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) through the International Livestock Institute (ILRI) yesterday launched a 7million euro project to boost Uganda`s investment in livestock development.
The five-year project was launched by the commissioner for animal health, Dr. Ademun Rose who represented State Minister for Animal Industry, Hon. Joy Kabatsi at Skys Hotel in Naguru-Kampala on Friday.
In her speech, Hon. Kabatsi said the project will mainly focus on four critical areas that are part of national action plans closely coordinated with international efforts led by the World Organization for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The four areas are; Control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in poultry, Eradication of the sheep and goat plague, Control of rift-valley fever that affect people and animals, as well as Improvements to veterinary public health where animals are slaughtered, processed and sold.
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and Research Programs on Livestock and on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health.
According to UBOS, up to 70% of Ugandan households keep some livestock; mostly selling it to local markets.
The lives of these animals however, are threatened by a host of pathogens and animal losses by disease threaten the livelihoods of their owners and keepers. Some of these diseases are transmitted from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases), threatening also the health of producers as well as people who handle and consume animal source foods.