Veterinarians under their association, Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA) have asked government to increase the budget allocated to the livestock sector to allow them operate better.
The veterinarians want government to invest back 30% of all revenues collected from the Sector so that it can overcome its current challenges which include uncontrolled animal disease outbreaks and under facilitation of public veterinarians with equipment to use in the field.
The UVA president, Dr. Sylvia Baluka Angubua said that despite the Vets’ contribution towards the development and wellbeing of livestock, government has not been giving them priority as they remain the least funded sector.
According to her, public veterinarians are given low priority and meager budget; lack adequate facilitation to move from one place to another, are not given any risk allowances and yet they work under the most risky environments.
“Apart from that, the current laws and regulations governing the sector are weak and unfavorable for the growth and development of the sector,” she said.
This was during the UVA annual members meeting and symposium at Kabira Country Club.
This year’s symposium is running under the theme: “The veterinary Profession and Uganda’s economy: unveiling the potential” and seeks to highlight the major contribution that a well facilitated veterinary service delivery system can play towards the national economy.
The State Minister for Agriculture in charge of Animal Industry Hon. Joy Kabatsi who officially opened the symposium reaffirmed government’s commitment to supporting the agricultural sector saying it is the backbone of the nation.
“We also understand that the agriculture sector is not well funded due to many other demands in the other sectors, whoever government is fully committed to ensuring that farmers are helped to economically from their livestock farming” she said