Ethno Veterinary Medicine

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In Uganda, the livestock industry contributes 5.2 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product (NAPE, 2009), but there is potential for increasing production if disease control and management strategies are appropriately undertaken.  Diseases are a major hindrance to cattle productivity and production. Helminthiasis and bacterial related infections expose cattle to mortality risks thereby putting farmers at a loss 

The use of medicinal plants for the control and management of diseases is a cheaper and readily available complement for the expensive synthetic drugs that are often in short supplies. The knowledge of medicinal plant use among the local cattle keepers is said to have been developed gradually over a period of practical experience. Such knowledge, practices and beliefs is summed as Ethno veterinary Knowledge SROP INTERNATIONAL has tried to develop drugs from plants that have eradicated poverty through farmer saving money which would have been spent expensive synthetic drugs.

Using medicinal plants namely; Kigelia africana for brucellosis and mastitis, Entadaabyssinica for foot and mouth disease, babesiosis and worms, Khaya anthotheca for black quarter, brucellosis and worms, Solanum aculeastrum for worms, Cassia occidentalis for worms, black quarter and babesiosis and many other through which we make decoctions,macerations and ointment to control diseases in animals.   Some of the researches we have done we have found out that  Cassia occidentalis has strong antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcuss aureus, Bacillus subtilis, B. protens and Vibrio cholerae. Such pharmacological activity supports that plants used in traditional medicine have potent medicinal properties so using that background we have developed a lot of ethnoveterinary drugs that have helped people in Uganda and other countries to make their drugs in treating livestock diseases.