World Organization for Animal Health invests 1.5m Euros to control trans-boundary disease

The World Organization for Animal Health -WOAH- with funding from Germany has started implementing a 1.5 million Euro project aimed at preventing and controlling trans-boundary diseases in Zambia.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister MAKOZO CHIKOTE is optimistic that the project will help smallholder farmers in selected regions to have increased food security and incomes through livestock rearing.

Mr. CHIKOTE says livestock development has been hampered by diseases such as the Foot and Mouth disease, African swine fever and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia-CBPP- among others.

He has affirmed that his ministry is committed to supporting all efforts aimed at training and equipping the Veterinary workforce to effectively respond to various animal health emergencies that threaten household and national food and nutrition security.

The Minister has thanked the Germany government and WOAH for providing both financial and technical support towards the implementation of the project which will help to remove many livestock farmers out of poverty.

He said this in Lusaka, during the WOAH National Awareness raising workshop on Veterinary Para-professional workforce Development in Zambia.

And WOAH sub regional Representative for Southern Africa MOETAPELE LETSHWENYO said the organization is committed to help Zambia improve its livestock sector by addressing challenges affecting livestock productivity.

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