Para-vets save district cattle in Mozambique

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Para-vets save district cattle in Mozambique

Well-trained village para-veterinarians recently staved off a serious outbreak of the disease known as rickettsiosis in the Mozambican province where FRB’s “Cattle Cluster” program is located. The project manager received a government alert and got the message to the para-vets in the seventeen clusters in the affected districts. They immediately treated the cattle to stem the spread of the disease. Such quick action prevented deaths and improved reproduction rates among the program’s cattle.

In Mozambique, cattle is an important safety net against hunger when crops fail. The Cattle Cluster program has proven to be one of the best ways to help rural families gain productive assets, earn money, enjoy food security and improve living conditions. To keep the cattle healthy in this “pass-on-the gift” program, each cattle group has a “village vet” who serves the needs of the cluster and the wider community. These para-vets attend cattle husbandry workshops in basic veterinary skills taught by veterinarians from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture.

It is important for cattle herders to be connected. An early warning system was put in place in the area after the disastrous flood of 2000, which killed thousands of cattle and people. This system was shown to be effective during a recent flood when people were able to move their cattle out of the path of the rising floodwaters. There was no loss of project cattle due to the flood.

Program participants have formed an officially-recognized Cattle Herders Association and can now access assistance from local government extension agents. The government often provides cattle dips in areas with a higher concentration of cattle to keep the animals disease free.

Mozambique Cattle Cluster encompasses 81 communities, 405 households and 10,085 individuals

06/24/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment