MOROTO, UGANDA: The persistent drought in the Karamoja region is affecting the cattle trade.
In some of the cattle markets visited by Uganda Radio Network, the animals have become emaciated as a result of lack of grass and also persisting raids.
At Nadunget Market in Moroto District, a bull of 90 kilograms is sold at 750,000 Shillings, down from 1 Million Shillings.
In Amudat market in Amudat town council in Amudat district, a heifer of 90 kilograms was sold at 600,000 Shillings yet it used to cost 900,000 Shillings.
John Logwee a cattle trader in Amudat that the persisting raids in the region have also affected animal health. He says that the animals move long distances without resting and eating.
Mathew Lokol another trader said the drop in animal prices in the region is due to a shortage of grass and water and also rampant cattle raiding by the armed Karamojong warriors. He says that people are now forcing many people to sell their animals instead of being raided.
Mohamed Aruna cattle buyer said the livestock have lost weight due to an unfriendly environment.
Linos Lokwameri, another cattle trader says that prices of animals will continue to drop should the drought and cattle rustling continue.
Dr. Sam Eladu production officer Kaabong said several remaining animals in Karamoja are suffering from stress and too much heat.
Paul Lokol the LCV Chairperson Nabilatuk said the animal population in Karamoj has become very small compared to other peaceful neighboring districts such as Teso, Lango, and Acholi.