Al-Qaseer, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, said that livestock are witnessing a boom and great interest from the political leadership through new projects and initiatives to develop them, noting that veterinary services are a buffer to protect livestock from incoming, cross-border or endemic epidemic diseases.
The Minister of Agriculture added that he had received a report from the Veterinary Services Authority with a total of what had been vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease and Rift Valley fever, which began on November 16 and until now in all governorates of the Republic, to preserve livestock from epidemics.
The Minister of Agriculture stated that 2,138,389 head of cattle were vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease, including “132,605 head of cows, 632,212 head of buffalo, 328,128 head of sheep, and 45,444 head of goats.” Until December 4th.
He added that 2 million and 72 thousand and 58 heads of cattle were vaccinated against Rift Valley Fever, including “one million and 77 thousand and 727 heads of cows, 624 thousand and 443 heads of buffaloes, 323 thousand and 728 heads of sheep, 45 thousand and 44 head of goats, 1116 Ras Jamal
For his part, Dr. Abdel Hakim Mahmoud, head of the General Authority for Veterinary Services, said that foot-and-mouth disease is under control and we are following up on national vaccination campaigns. We have 27 veterinary directorates that follow up on vaccination campaigns and there are follow-up committees to raise the level of animal immunity, despite the fact that FMD is a rapidly spreading and epidemic disease. , but we have the ability to diagnose early epidemic diseases, and immunization programs are relied on locally produced veterinary vaccines, especially since we have specialized laboratories working on evaluating veterinary vaccines.
Dr. Abdel Hakim Mahmoud pointed out that veterinary vaccines produced locally and imported are not used unless their efficiency is proven, and we have specialized laboratories in the Ministry of Agriculture to test veterinary vaccines to identify their efficiency and freedom from contaminants.
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