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Ugandan Farmers trained on Biosecurity measures as an alternative control of African swine fever

08 November 2015

As reported in the July-August article 2015 article of this Livestock news series, farmers in Masaka district were lamenting loss of their animals to the endemic African Swine Fever (ASF) and were calling on official from ILRI to help them alleviate the problem. This call was headed as pig farmers in Lira and Masaka districts in Uganda have benefited from training on biosecurity measures to control African Swine Fever (ASF) spearheaded by ILRI. The training comes against a backdrop of non-existence of neither a vaccine nor a cure for the disease currently and the significant challenge the disease poses to smallholder pig farmers in Uganda. Indeed, ASF is endemic in Uganda with outbreaks occurring years on end. Although occurrence of the disease causes huge economic losses due to massive loss of the herd, there is limited knowledge on its transmission and control among pig farmers. The training used participatory tools which included group discussions, case studies, demonstration, brainstorming, session stories and practical/observations which benefited 800 and 356 farmers in Masaka and Lira respectively. Refresher training is planned for January 2016. Preceding the training of farmers was training of extension staff who will in turn extend training to other farmers and follow up on implementation. Technicians from other institutions including CHAIN Uganda, Voluntary Efforts for Development Concerns (VEDCO), Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MUZARDI) and ADINA Farm all partners with ILRI also benefited from the training.



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