Con­vinc­ing re­sults

ChinAfrica - - China Report -

In Novem­ber 2015, the third Chi­nese agri­cul­tural mis­sion ar­rived in Dji­bouti for a pe­riod of two years. “Their ar­rival came at just the right time,” said Cheik, as the coun­try had just bought goats from Kenya to in­crease lo­cal milk pro­duc­tion.

To en­sure the an­i­mal health, the Chi­nese ex­perts car­ried out all the nec­es­sary tests on lo­cal live­stock from sam­pling to disease treat­ment, in­clud­ing var­i­ous lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis and vac­ci­na­tions. “They are well equipped and cover all as­pects of an­i­mal health. Their work is ef­fec­tive and clear,” Cheik told Chi­nafrica.

With one of the largest mod­ern sea ports in East Africa, Dji­bouti serves as a com­mer­cial hub for the en­tire re­gion and a trans­fer port for in­ter­na­tional live­stock trade, in par­tic­u­lar for neigh­bor­ing coun­tries such as So­ma­lia and Ethiopia. En­sur­ing an­i­mal health is there­fore a crit­i­cal is­sue for all the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries in their an­i­mal hus­bandry.

Dur­ing their mis­sion, the Chi­nese vis­ited 182 farms, col­lected more than 250 sam­ples, treated 150 clin­i­cal cases, vac­ci­nated 835 goats and ad­min­is­tered worm­ers to 55,000 heads of cat­tle. “All of this has helped raise the level of pro­tec­tion for [our] live­stock,” said Cheik.

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