Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa. (Cameroon News ) – Cameroon is partnering with national and international consultants in a project to seek better ways of combating animal diseases along the borders of the six countries with which she shares common boundaries. A project that was launched by Livestock Minister Dr. Taiga targets to greatly curb the spread of four different kinds of animal diseases that have been identified along these borders.
The Minister of Livestock Fisheries and Animal Industries Cameroon and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have taken giant steps to fight animal diseases along the borders it shares with six other African countries.
Dr. Taiga who will launch projects to massively curb animal disease along the border lines said this could have a great impact on the national economy.
A meeting with national and international consultants is holding in Yaoundé.
Animal rearing plays an important economic, social and cultural role in Cameroon from where 30 percent of the rural population gets its revenue contributing to about 165 billion CFA Francs annually.
This to the national economy is yet to be improved considering its utmost potential to be exploited but what may further hamper the development of this sector is the occurrence of some animal disease which may have a great impact on the national economy and also in the countries Cameroon shares border with such as Chad in the north; Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in the south; Central African Republic in the east; and Nigeria in the west.
Veterinary doctors over the past 10 years carried out campaigns on the fight against animal disease but several other diseases on the border line are very much present causing plenty of loss in the livestock sector. With the new cattle disease affecting poultry, the African swine fever on pigs and the ruminant pests on sheep and goats are affecting five regions in the country the Food and Agriculture Organization in Cameroon believe they can be prevented.
FAO representative at interim Ousseynou Ndoye: We need to put in place national strategic plans to combat these diseases.
Cameroon has plans to satisfy internal demands over the next few years to attain an average consumption of meat eating programs a year by 2015. And externally Cameroon intends to use many opportunities offered through the animal protein demand from our neighbors.
Ousseynou Ndoye: the spread of different diseases, capacity-building to arrive at plans as to fight against those diseases. Animal health will improve so that the livestock sector can impose its contribution to food security, gross domestic product and employment.
National and international consultants say the results will be long-term.