The Permanent secretary in Agricultural ministry, Ernest Ruzindana talking to the press shortly after meeting farmers in Nyagatare
Dairy farmers in Nyagatare district have been called to form a diseases control fund as a way of controlling emerging disasters that affect their animals.
The call was made by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of agriculture, Ernest Ruzindaza, during a one- day meeting with dairy farmers in Nyagatare district.
In the last two months, the districts of Nyagatare, Gatsibo and Kayonza have been prone to tooth and mouth disease among the cattle, causing a number of financial constraints among dairy farmers.
“90% of our economic base depends on cattle farming. Diseases especially tooth and mouth have been a big threat to us that even our children have failed to report to school due to financial constraints surrounding us,” said one of the farmers.
Addressing the farmers who had gathered at MTC guest house in Nyagatare sector, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of agriculture said that such diseases should be given lasting treatment through formation of creating home-grown solution like setting up disease control funds.
“It will not always be the assignment of the Ministry to be on alert of such emerging diseases…the Ministry budgets for different things. You should join hands and form a diseases control fund that will facilitate you to deal with these diseases since you operate under cooperatives,” he said.
During the meeting, farmers agreed to form the fund, calling on their colleagues to join the fight against diseases.
“This is a good idea that the permanent secretary has brought up. We have suffered a lot yet a contribution to this fund will not even be a big percentage. Once we get together and make a Rfw10 on a single litre, this fund will hugely get a boost. We call upon other farmers to join the fund,” said Titus Mugisha, a model farmer in Nyagatare district.