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Lira District Council Opposes Importation of Cattle from Tanzania

jueves, 27 de abril de 2017

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Lira District Local Government has opposed the request for the importation of 2000 heads of Tanzanian cattle by Rato Enterprise Limited for sale at Amach market in Amach Sub county.

Rato Enterprises on 3rd April wrote to the Commissioner Animal Health requesting to import 2000 herds of cattle from Kyerwa and Karagwe districts of Tanzania through kikagate and Mutukula border post to Lira.

The Principal Veterinary Inspector in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Dr. Aisu Joseph Charles then wrote to the District Veterinary Officer of Lira to ascertain the availability of farm land for the livestock venture in the district.

Subsequently, on receiving the letter, the District Veterinary Officer of Lira Dr. Wilson Okwir communicated in a loose minute to the Lcs, the Parish Chiefs of Abwocolil, the Amach LC3 to confirm the availability and ownership of land for the stock before the Veterinary office verifies the sustainability for commercial livestock venture.

But, George Okello Ayoo, the vice chairman and head of government business of Lira district said they have not seen the request from Rato Enterprises although they will not accept such importation into the district.

He added that the people of Amach are free to refuse the stock because they donít know the status of the cattle and more so it will kill the business of selling animals of the local people of Amach.

Efforts to contact the Director of Rato Enterprises or the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries for comments on the move by Lira District Local Government to block the Regional Trade in the area was not possible.