Farm an­i­mal cen­sus to be re­vived in 2017

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AN­I­MALS across Myan­mar will be counted in a 2017 cen­sus to be jointly con­ducted by the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Breed­ing and Farm­ing and the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs.

The cen­sus, which will take place from March to June 2017, will in­ves­ti­gate the num­bers of bulls, cows, pigs, swans, sheep, goats, tur­keys and ducks in the coun­try.

Presently, the UN Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion is co­or­di­nat­ing a mini cen­sus in con­junc­tion with the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment in six town­ships across Man­dalay and Magwe.

“Farm­ers will be more pros­per­ous if we sys­tem­at­i­cally breed and trade an­i­mals,” said U Hla Htun, deputy per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Live­stock and Farm­ing.

An an­i­mal sur­vey of this mag­ni­tude has not been con­ducted in Myan­mar since 1994.

The 2017 cen­sus, which will be more com­pre­hen­sive than cur­rent mea­sures, hopes to pro­vide greater de­tail and insight into the coun­try’s an­i­mal pop­u­la­tions.

Cur­rently an­i­mal pop­u­la­tions are only col­lected by the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs via township ad­min­is­tra­tors for the pur­pose of en­sur­ing food se­cu­rity, said U Htay Lynn Aung, a min­istry of­fi­cial. The re­sults are not col­lated or an­a­lysed in any way.

Aside from the pro­vid­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the pop­u­la­tion and well­be­ing of live­stock across the coun­try, the gov­ern­ment also hopes that the cen­sus will help them to tackle the il­le­gal trade of cat­tle across Myan­mar’s bor­ders.

Cur­rently cat­tle that should be banned from trade by Myan­mar’s rules and reg­u­la­tions, as they are in­fected with dis­eases such as foot-in-mouth, are of­ten il­le­gally brought into the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to U Hla Htun, the size of Myan­mar’s bor­ders as well as weak law en­force­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties in bor­der ar­eas are key im­ped­i­ments to stem­ming the flow of il­le­gal, and pos­si­bly dan­ger­ous, cat­tle into the coun­try.

It is hoped that the cen­sus will pro­vide a clearer pic­ture of cat­tle pop­u­la­tions, thereby al­low­ing authorities to more eas­ily iden­tify il­le­gal im­ports.

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