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Haiti - Agriculture : FAO Veterinary Caravans
06/04/2017 10:47:22

Haiti - Agriculture : FAO Veterinary Caravans
Livestock is one of the agricultural sectors that have been most affected by the passage of Hurricane Matthew. In the Grand'Anse and South departments, nearly 50% of the livestock was decimated, which significantly affects the livelihoods of families mainly living in animal production. Some animals that survived Hurricane, including cattle and pigs, have been affected by external and internal parasites and have suffered from vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to malnutrition during the 3 months of drought post Matthew.

This situation led the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture, with the financial support of the Belgian Development Cooperation, to implement an assistance project to affected families, with particular emphasis on the livestock and fisheries sector. As part of this project, FAO and the Ministry are carrying out a first 140-day caravan of Mobile Animal Health Clinics (CMSA) to cattle of 2,500 families and provide fishing equipment assistance to 3,000 fishermen in the departments of the Grand'Anse and South.

This first caravan stopped in the commune of Torbeck, in the localities of Govin and Saint Martin. For three days, two FAO veterinary practitioners and 22 community veterinary officers examined 380 animals (315 cattle, 33 sheep, 12 pigs, 26 goats and 1 horse) belonging to 330 households living from livestock and carried out internal and external deworming of animals, administration of multi-vitamins and minerals, and antibiotics to infected animals.

This veterinary assistance has attracted a lot of interest among the breeders of the commune of Torbeck who are the first to benefit from it. Jovil Gilles belongs to the groups of breeders whose cattle have received the necessary care. "[...] This is the first time I have received this assistance to improve the health of my animals and my breeding techniques. Veterinary care is very expensive. Sometimes I spend up to 2,500 gourdes on a cow. What's more, there are no veterinary doctors in the community. That is why I am pleased with the support of the FAO which helps me to relaunch my livestock activities and take care of my livestock."

In conjunction with Mobile Animal Health Clinics, FAO, with financial support from the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF), is setting up community veterinary pharmacies in each of the 11 dairies that it accompanies in different departments of the country. This initiative aims to improve the situation of the livestock sector by facilitating access to medicines and veterinary care for livestock. These pharmacies will be managed (like small businesses) by breeders through the "Gwoupman Sante Bèt" (GSB) and the veterinary agents. They aim to improve animal health and at the same time generate additional income for breeders and milk producers' associations.

HL/ S/ HaitiLibre

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