Livestock vaccination drive begins in Tharparkar
Livestock and Fisheries department of the federal government of Sindh launched the PPR vaccination power in district Tharparkar nowadays. Mr Abdul Bari Pitafi, the provincial minister for farm animals and fisheries launched the campaign in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The campaign is part of the reaction to the drought in Tharparkar.
The vaccination will prevent farm animals loss against Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) illness sometimes called ‘goat plague’. It is a viral illness of goats and sheep characterised by means of fever, sores in the mouth, diarrhoea, pneumonia, and on occasion demise.
Emphasizing the significance of animal health for Tharparkar, Mina` Dowlatchahi FAO Representative in Pakistan said the vaccination will assist ensure that wholesome cattle which will likely be instrumental in ensuring meals safety and sustainable livelihoods for the already drought stressed communities within the area.
Tharparkar district hosts more than 20% small ruminant of the whole province Sindh.Source
She also mentioned that the record Sindh Drought Need Assessment (SDNA October 2018) performed via FAO in collaboration with Natural Disaster Consortium (NDC) reveals that of all the surveyed household, 25% reported demise in their cattle, 21% in buffaloes, 53% in goats, 45% in sheep, 20% in camels 18% in donkeys, and 57% in poultry during previous six months.
Tharparkar district hosts more than 20% small ruminant of the whole province Sindh. The small ruminants are predisposed to multi-stress in the district which lead them to prone to deadly illnesses like PPR. The illness can also be avoided and eradicated thru vaccination.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr Farrukh Toirov Deputy FAO Representative in Pakistan mentioned goal groups for proposed action includes subsistence farm animals farmers, small-scale agriculture farmers and ladies headed households. The intervention will vaccinate three million small ruminants in Tharparkar and 1.2 million in Umerkot.
Drought in district Tharparkar immediately affects the growth of vegetation in addition to water resource for farm animals, which in turn ends up in lack of animal manufacturing, and cattle top mortality charges, which is an immediate threat to food safety and livelihoods.