By our Reporter
Government says livestock industry contributes about 11% of the total country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 36% of the value total agricultural products due to eradication of animal diseases.
Speaking during the inception workshop for technical cooperation project on strength animal disease surveillance in Malawi with the support from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday in Lilongwe Director of animal health and livestock development in the ministry of Agriculture irrigation and water development Yanila Mtupanyama, said ” ”government are train more veterinary doctors to help the surveillance of diseases and protection of animals”,
Government allocates money in the agriculture sector that will prevent diseases through buying chemicals and to control the movement of animals from different parts of Africa because we don’t want to be affected by the disease that are affecting some countries of Africa,”she said.
Mtupanyama added that government will banish the slaughtering and selling of animals that has been affected by diseases in any parts of country in order to control the spreading of diseases as it is in current situation in Mchinji whereby slaughtering and selling of animal has been banned due to water mouth disease that hit district ”.
On his remarks Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) country representative Zhikun Chun said”the issue of animal disease is affecting food security, national economy and rural livehoods this project will assist government and local people to strengthen capacity of animal production and to adopt proper measures to control the situation “.
According to Chun said that” the project will cost $500,000 and it will end after two years “he said.
According to studies has demonstrated that the country has relatively large number of livestock , composed of 1.7million cattle, 8.9million goats, 7.3 million pigs, 137 million chickens and 323,000 sheeps. The study have also demonstrated that households which own the livestock have relatively more income and are more resilient to climate shocks and relatively food and nutrition secure.