October 22, 2003
Supply of Pork in Ugandan, Africa Seriously Affected By Outbreak of Swine Fever
The quality and quantity of pork on the Ugandan market in Africa is seriously affected following the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in some districts, which has claimed over 1.3m pigs.
ASF is caused by a virus which affects both wild and domestic pigs.
Speaking recently to The New Vision at his offices in Baumann House, the Senior Presidential advisor on Veterinary and Agriculture, Dr. John Joseph Otim said the affected districts include Masaka, Wakiso, Mbale, Soroti, Iganga, Kamuli, Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Lira, Mbarara, Rakai and Apac.
Otim added that following the ASF epidemic the demand and supply of pork is already reducing in the affected districts.
He said in 1995 when ASF hit, the impact was felt but there was no serious concern. It was until 2001 when there's a reported assessment by the Ministry of Agriculture that leads to the discovery of over 1.3 million pigs had died due to the outbreak.
"The ACU is therefore identifying farmers who will taught on the better pig husbandry practices and demonstrations in the affected districts," said Otim.
He said, "Unless the disease is controlled as soon as possible, the pig industry will suffer."There is no vaccine, the only solution is for the farmers to adopt best practices, " he added.