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USAID FED, MOA Launch Livestock Vaccination Campaign
MONROVIA, February 28 (LINA) - Liberia's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), in partnership with USAID Feed the Future, has launched the 2016 annual livestock vaccination campaign against the Peste des Petitts Ruminants (PPR) disease.
According to a press release, the vaccination was launched at the Ministry of Agriculture in Gardnersville, outside of Monrovia.
The PPR is a profoundly damaging disease in sheep and goat populations in Africa.
This year’s campaign, which started February 22 and ends on May 31, is characterized by vaccinations, endemic disease diagnosis and surveillance.
A total of 108,000 sheep and goats in Lofa, Bong, Grand Bassa and
Nimba counties are targeted to be vaccinated against the disease.
More than 300 community health workers have been mobilized to carry out the campaign.
At the kick-off campaign meeting on February 22, Agriculture Deputy Minister for Administration/National Livestock Coordinator Seklau Wiles stressed the importance of the vaccination campaign against the disease and hailed USAID’s Feed the Future initiative.
“With the bold step taken by USAID to help us fight the PPR disease in four counties, the MOA will endeavor to carry out the process in five counties, while the remaining six counties will be addressed through assistance from the African Union to eradicate the disease from Liberia,” Deputy Minister Wiles said.
USAID Feed the Future representative Boima Bafaie expounded on the impact of the disease on livelihoods, stating that, “We are happy that the Ministry of Agriculture has been very supportive in ensuring that we carry out the campaign.
He noted that the effect of the PPR disease is “very devastating” on livelihoods of small farmers and their families, adding: “There must be collective efforts of all partners to prevent the disease.”
BRAC Liberia has been contracted by the USAID Feed the Future initiative to assist the Ministry to administer the program.
In remarks, BRAC-Liberia Country Representative Mainuddin Ahmed said his
organization was grateful to USAID and the Ministry of Agriculture for the opportunity to participate in the fight against the PPR disease in Liberia.