National livestock census postponed

By Edwin Muhumuza

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry ( MAAIF) has postponed the livestock census to May 24th to June 4th 2021 across the country.

‘The change was occasioned by the two public holidays this week that affected the delivery of materials and the recruitment exercise.’ according to a statement signed by Edgar Mbahamiza, the communications manager.

Enumeration had earlier been scheduled to take place between the 17th to 28th May covering all the 135 districts of Uganda as of June 2019.

‘We shall be collecting data from household based farms as well as private large scale institutional farms’ said Chris Mukiza, the Executive Director of the Bureau, adding that data collected will be held confidential.

The indicators derived from the national livestock census will help in understanding of the performance of livestock activities in the country in order to inform evidence based planning, investment decisions, policy formulations and interventions for promoting the subsector, Mukiza added.

Addressing journalists in Kampala, the state minister for animal industry, Bright Rwamirama said the process is intended to establish credible statistics at a cost Shs11.5bn.

Uganda last conducted a livestock census in 2008

Heavy rain in Isingiro washes homes and livestock away

Hundreds of people are homeless in Nyamiyanja and Birere Sub counties in Isingiro district following heavy rains that have been pounding the area since Sunday. The rains have destroyed several homes, several acres of banana plantations and livestock.

The rains also washed away Kishuro and Katanoga bridges and devastated Nyamiyanja gravity water flow scheme. The most affected are Eijugangoma, Nyarwenshama, Twamagondo and Nyakibare in Nyamiyanja Sub County where several crop gardens were destroyed completely.

Joseph Besigye, the LC 3 chairperson, Birere Sub County, says the displaced people have taken refuge in churches and schools. According to Besigye, they are still assessing the magnitude of the destruction before deciding their next course of action.

Jeremiah Kamurali, the Isingiro LC V Chairperson, says they are concerned over the disasters, which he blames on environmental degradation. He says there is need for residents to adopt modern farming methods to avert future challenges.