EU investing 10 million euros in animal tuberculosis, veterinary studies in southern Angola

13:35, July 14, 2010      

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The European Union (EU) is investing 10 million Euros in animal tuberculosis and other veterinary studies in southern Angola to promote animal farming in the African country, the official news agency Angop reported on Tuesday.

The program, which started in 2008, was expected to last four years and covered projects as "transhumance", "Control of Newcastle disease'', "support and reinforcement of veterinary services" , which will be carried out in the southern provinces of Huila, Namibe, Benguela, Cunene and Huambo, according to the coordinator of the program Laurence Burckel.

The projects also included the rehabilitation of boreholes, cattle market studies, training of personnel for land measurement and production of transhumance route maps, which will involve the participation of local communities, he said.

Laurence Burckel said the program rehabilitated some boreholes in the district of Bibala (Namibe) and would be expanded to the districts of Gambos (Huila) and Cahama (Cunene) in September.

According to the official, projects to improve the access to water and pasture in southern Angolan communities were also implemented, comprising studies, mapping, diagnosis and actions to reduce problems of animal farming.

The source said other actions were underway to build up a regional veterinary laboratory to control the deaths of hens through the production of vaccines.

Source: Xinhua


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