- The total number of deaths reported in Moyo Sub-county, 196, Moyo Town Council 98, Metu 115 and Laropi 43
- A Kilogram of pork costs Shs 10,000 and a pig in Moyo district costs between Shs 200,000 to 250,000 which means that those dealing in pork business may lose a lot during this Easter season and after till the quarantine is lifted.
- And estimated number of Pigs at Risk Moyo 2000, Moyo Town Council 450, Metu 3,050 and Laropi 500
By Metedio Iceta
Moyo. Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and fisheries together with Moyo district veterinary department have imposed a quarantine following the outbreak of African swine fever that has killed 452 pigs in the area.
Dr Richard Akule, the district Veterinary officer confirmed to West Nile Press Online that the massive deaths of pigs have been reported in the Sub counties of Moyo, Metu, Moyo town Council, Laropi and Dufile.
“At this time movement of Pigs, pork and other pig products from, to and within the district has been suspended till further notice. We suspect that this disease originated from South Sudan where wild pig hunters transport them this side,” he said.
Dr Akule said the African swine fever presents with vomiting Diarrhea sometimes bloody reddening or darkening of the skin, particularly ears and snout gummed-up eyes labored breathing and coughing and still births in infected pigs.
One of the endangered species of pigs in Arua. Photo by Felix
Joseph Ecima, a resident of Aringa East village, Erepi Parish, Metu Sub county said he lost five of his pigs to the disease within three days. “The disease has attacked five and only left two pigs in the house and this equally affected the life of my family because this is one of the sources of income to pay the school of my children in Secondary School. Let the veterinary officials should speed up with all necessary measures so that lives of the reaming pigs can be saved,” Ecima said.
Ecima asked: “What can we do for our families and business if this continues for period of six months?” he asked.
Michael Opigo, one of the consumers feared that there might be more cases which have not been reported due to lack of Knowledge about the disease. “The veterinary service is inadequate in terms of human resources and work schedules and they do not cover much. When there is facilitation they do not take their profession as their own as career to serve the people,” Opigo said.
In May 2012, the authorities in Moyo says an outbreak of African swine fever in Metu Sub county threaten to wipe out the pig population over 200. In May 2014, Moyo district registered outbreak as result of spillover from Palore in Adjumani district to Itula Sub county killing 37 in Itula,20 Laropi 12 in Moyo town council ,35 and 12 in Moyo Sub county respectively.
In June,2015 the case of swine fever outbreak was registered in Lefori, Moyo, Laropi and Dufile Sub counties and it took nine months for officials to contain the disease.