Agriculture

Uganda to Start Manufacturing Animal Vaccine

Ministry of Agriculture has revealed impeding plans to have certain animal vaccines manufactured locally.

The decision follows growing concerns by farmers around the country, about the proliferation of fake vaccines on the Ugandan market.

Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, the Minister of Agriculture says this program will be unveiled by December or January next year.

While addressing Journalists in Entebbe, Hon Ssempijja added that the first vaccine to be unveiled will be the one for Foot and Mouth Disease.

The minister says government has for a long time received complaints that the private sector who were given contracts to produce vaccines no longer supply genuine vaccines.

“We paid billions of money to private companies to make vaccines and we expected them to deliver good work but its very unfortunate that we got reports about them producing fake vaccines.”

President Yoweri Museveni earlier called for concerted efforts towards conservation of indigenous animals.

In 2017, Uganda had at least 14.3 million heads of cattle, 15.3 million sheep, 4.3m million pigs, 41 million chicken.

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“Majority of these are indigenous breeds and the rate at which they are being eroded through cross-breeding programme is high”.

Indigenous animal’s genetic resources in the region are under threat mainly due to changes in production systems, population pressure, land scarcity, and climate change.

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