President Yoweri Museveni has offered 100 heads of cattle from Ngoma Government Farm to Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (COVAB).
The donation comes as effort of manufacturing an anti-tick vaccine; to aid trials by COVAB researchers.
Museveni donated the cattle to the lead investigator at COVAB, Dr Margaret Saimo-Kahwa while at National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi.
“These vaccines if we get them, we shall solve the problems of Uganda but also get a lot of money. That’s why I said Kahwa come and talk to these people,” he said.
The retreat that ended on Wednesday was held from Museveni’s farm near NALI.
Makerere recently secured a partnership with Alfasan Uganda Limited to start the industrial production of the vaccine.
This came after the vaccine developed over a decade with funding from the State House Innovations Fund reportedly passed laboratory pre-clinical trials.
Dr. Kahwa said the vaccine can either be administered orally or by injection. She added that it will effectively address ticks’ resistance to acaricides, which is one of the topmost challenges to the livestock sector in Uganda.