CHEBET Maikut, the Uganda National Farmers Association (UNFA)
president, has proposed that the Government sets up a fund to
help farmers with HIV/AIDS afford the drugs, reports Kikonyogo
"Some of our colleagues in the service sector are being helped
in meeting the costs of the expensive drugs.
"We would also like the Government to establish a fund to
subsidise the costs for farmers," he said.
Maikut, also Kween County Member of Parliament, was on Saturday
addressing a news conference in Kampala.
He said the Government should strengthen the ban on beef
imports from Britain and other EU countries, following an
outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease there. He said the
disease was a threat to the the livestock industry.
Uganda has about 6.5 million head of cattle.
Several animals have been slaughtered in Britain in the wake of
the disease outbreak.
The foot-and-mouth disease is a viral infection that affects
the hoof and mouth of cattle, sheep and pigs. Saliva drools
continuously out of the affected animal which develops numerous
blisters in the mouth. This makes the animal unable to graze.
The hooves of the infected animal develop wounds and the
discharge from the feet and mouth contain the virus which can
infect another animal if it grazes on contaminated grass.
Maikut also said the Government should step up a crack down
campaign on traders selling fake seeds to farmers.
"At the beginning of this planting season, the Government
should step up a campaign to prevent our farmers from being
victimised by these traders," he said.
Maikut also congratulated President Yoweri Museveni, the UNFA
patron, upon his re-election in the March 12 elections.