Agriculture department, FAO launch animal vaccination in Abyei

Vaccinators at work on Monday morning vaccinating cattle in Abyei Town. | Credit: Chol Ayiik Chol

The Administration of Agriculture, Forestry, Animal Resources and Fisheries in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began animals’ vaccination drive on Monday. This includes immunization against Septicemia, Anthrax, Smallpox and Black Quarter.

According to the organizers the campaign targets 20,000 cows, 40,000 goats, 10,000 chicken and 200 dogs.

The head of administration of Animal Resources and Fisheries resources, Vet. Bol Ajing urges cattle owners to vaccinate their animals now to reduce its death. Ajing announced that vaccination will be compulsory for all animals in the area. He thanked FAO for training, drugs and vaccines support.

Cattle owners at Nyinkuac cattle camp thanked the administration and FAO for vaccinating their animals. They asked for establishment of a permenant vaccination center and a pharmacy.

Kuol Piok known as Kuol Michar said he was happy for the immunization process as some cow died earlier on before immunization. He said vaccination would improve animals’ health and prevent disease outbreaks.

On his part, FAO Deputy Field Officer, Longo Mangom said they aimed at keeping animals healthy to breed for the development of the area. He assured people of Abyei Area of FAO support in fields of agriculture and animal resources.  He said his organization would study the request of cattle keepers regarding establishment of vaccination center and pharmacy.

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