16 Jun 2019

 

Minister Welcomes Ban Of Roaming Animals In Streets of Yei Town

"..a local cattle keeper in Yei town criticized the mayor’s order. He said the mayor’s order violates animal rights. 'Animals also needed good feeding like human beings, if the mayor bans us from the free range system of animal keeping, what about if we increase on the prices of the meat...?'"

Minister Welcomes Ban Of Roaming Animals In Streets of Yei Town
Roaming goats along one of the streets in Hai Peace area in Yei town. [ Photo by Daniel Friday Martin |Gurtong]
By Daniel Friday Martin  
 
YEI (26.May.2019) – The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Animal Resources has welcomed an order issued by the municipal authorities banning roaming animals in the streets and residential areas of Yei town.
 
According to the Mayor of Yei Municipality, Alfathi Morgan Ajil, the order is aimed at preventing domestic animals from destroying people’s vegetable and quick growing crops inside plot farms, reduce accidents and a measure to fix the town in order for public outlook.
 
According to the order, any person violating the directive will be fined and lose his or animals to the local government.
 
“We are now a municipal status and in the town always, things are put in order, we don’t want goats or cows to move in the streets. Any person violating this order will be charged an amount of 10,000 SSP. Anyone who fails to adhere this order may lose his or her animal, being a cow or goat, to the council”.
 
On his part, the Yei River State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Animal Resources, Evans Kijore, applauded the decision of the municipal authorities for adhering to one of its recommendations to control roaming animals more especially during farming seasons.
 
“We have been getting a lot of complains raised by the local farmers who are trying to cultivate organic crops and vegetables for consumption and marketing. The people of Yei are traditionally farmers, they depend on the locally produced food which is good for our own consumption”, he said.
The minister advised cattle herders or farmers rearing goats, sheep and cows to take care of their animals to avoid being charged by the local authorities.
 
The local ban also empowers the local area chiefs and headmen to enforce the ban and fine any one violating the mayor’s directives.
 
On his part, Christopher Ali, a local cattle keeper in Yei town criticized the mayor’s order. He said the mayor’s order violates animal rights.
 
“Animals also needed good feeding like human beings, if the mayor bans us from the free range system of animal keeping, what about if we increase on the prices of the meat in the town, I believe that will affect the local population because it’s also very expensive to control our goats on a controlled range system”, he complained.
 
Mr. Christopher is appealing to the municipal authorities to ensure allotting sides and security for all cattle keepers to embark modern animal keeping.
 
“ We are still afraid to go far to rear our animals and if the municipal authorities can assure us of protection and security we are ready to agree with any other order the government may design but I also need the local government to think critically before issuing orders without alternative solutions. He argued.
 
In February this year, CEPO, a national NGO, and UMISS Civil Affairs Division in Yei conducted a dialogue between farmers and cattle keepers in an effort to minimize possible conflict over grazing lands especially during rainy season.
 
During the dialogue, representatives from both parties (crop farmers and animal keepers) agreed to amicably understand the importance of each other in contributing towards the wellbeing of the people and animal herds agreed to take control of their animals from destroying crops.

Both parties also agreed that the local government should develop policies and mechanisms that regulate either crop farming or animal keeping inside the town. 

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