FAO Gives Over US$300,000 to Control Animal Disease

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has provided US $318,000 (three hundred eighteen thousand dollars) to control the Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) outbreak in the country. This disease is well known as the plague that affects small ruminants such as goats and sheep.

The project is being funded as a Technical Cooperation agreement between the FAO and Government of Liberia under FAO’s emergency intervention for the control of the disease.

 

FAO Representative in Liberia, Mr. Marc Abdala and Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses, will tomorrow, Friday, November 20th launch the project on behalf of FAO and the Government of Liberia respectively.

 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has expressed the optimism that the project will contribute to the protection of livestock and farmers’ livelihoods as well as   the food security of Liberians and will greatly increase the resilience of the country against the future outbreaks.

 

It can be recalled that the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture in July announced the outbreak of an animal disease that killed over 2,000 goats and sheep in Nimba and Lofa Counties. The Government of Liberia immediately requested FAO for technical and financial support to control the outbreak.