Agencies Worried Of Sudanese Livestock Influx Into Upper Nile State

Humanitarian organizations are concerned about the seasonal arrival of more than 30,000 animals from Sudan into Maban County in Upper Nile State by nomadic groups.[Gurtong | File]

Maban County currently hosts over 112,000 refugees from Sudan, placing pressure on the host community for resources and land. 

The county is already affected by high levels of livestock disease and limited access to grazing areas for cattle. Competition over resources has led to tensions between the host community and the refugees according to humanitarian agencies.

Food security and livelihood partners met with the nomadic community, local authorities and refugee representatives in Maban to address the livestock influx. 

To avoid potential conflict over grazing areas, separate grazing areas were provided to the nomads and the refugees, after being identified by the local authorities. 

To prevent disease outbreak, livelihood partners pre-positioned drugs and vaccines for disease prevention and treatment of newly arrived livestock. 

In addition, partners initiated a livestock coordination meeting to take place weekly in Maban, to monitor the situation, prevent disease outbreak and tension between communities.

Cattle movement could lead to spread of diseases of the animals which might also endanger the lives of the people living there. 

Last  month, the national ministry of animal resource and fisheries, Warrap State and Central Equatoria state ministries of fisheries convened a meeting at Concord Hotel to find ways of how to deal with East Cost Fever and other diseases affecting animals.

The move also includes the launching of the products for the disease which has claimed herds of cattle in the country.

According to the Warrap state minister of animal resources and fisheries, Paul Dhel Gum, the disease started in Kenya and moved to Jonglei and Lakes states.

He told reporters that the move is to avert the situation threatening livestock in the country.

‘The meeting is on how best we can use Bamida products to reduce the spread of the disease,” he said.

Dhel said that livestock boosts economy of the country something which he said has to be protected.

The Bamida team is set to visit Warrap State to access the situation of the disease. He added that there is need to stop livestock movement if the disease is to be averted.

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