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Title:Policy issues in Uganda's animal industry: a historical perspective
Author:Nsubuga, Herbert S. Kanabi
Periodical:Uganda Journal (ISSN 0041-574X)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:veterinary medicine
animal husbandry
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Cattle production
agricultural planning
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/uj/article/view/23019
Abstract:Animal production constitutes an important subsector of agriculture in Uganda, contributing about nine percent of GDP. This paper presents a brief summary of the history of veterinary services in Uganda since 1903 and livestock/animal husbandry planning since 1954. In line with Uganda's first three development plans, 1961-1976, livestock development and animal husbandry were geared to self-sufficiency in dairy and meat products. The main effort was directed at disease prevention and control, and at eradication of major livestock diseases. The linkages between ticks, tick-borne diseases, high milk/beef yielding exotic cattle and sound husbandry have been, and continue to be, important issues in policy decisions in the animal industry. After the early failure of the introduction of exotic cattle, livestock improvement was sought through selective breeding of indigenous cattle. However, in 1959 a crossbreeding programme of exotic and local livestock was started. The author looks back at his involvement in livestock policy and implementation issues from the 1950s to the 1970s, stressing the role of local professional expertise and its fruitful interaction with government.. Bibliogr., ref.