Gov’t To Launch “Chicken Sickness” Vaccine

The Government of Liberia through the Agriculture Ministry, Animal Resources Division will launch a vaccination campaign called “Newcastle disease (ND) known in Liberia as “Chicken Sickness”.

This initiative, according to a MICAT release is intended to promote animal production and food security in the country and is scheduled to take place on February 3, 2014.

The campaign is a cardinal step towards the progressive control of the Newcastle and other poultry diseases in the fifteen (15) counties.

As a preventive measure aimed at  avoiding the spread of the disease, the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Agriculture is asking all farmers to have their chickens available to be vaccinated.

The Newcastle Disease (ND) commonly called “Chicken Sickness” is observed during the months of February through April. Some chickens that may survive the disease by means of immune built-up may result in reduction of egg production and misshape eggs and less meat production.

Severe pandemic of Newcastle Disease can cause 100 percent mortality in unvaccinated chickens in rural communities leaving households without an important source of animal protein and income.

The government believes that by simply participating and making your chickens available for this vaccine, will increase income for small farmers and achieve significant improvements for their families and other members of the community.

The Ministry is however calling on all counties’ authorities including clan chiefs, town chiefs, County livestock officers, cattle chairman of various communities and health workers of livestock to form part of this process in their individual counties in order to ensure the successful implementation of the vaccine. This massive campaign is expected to begin on February 3, 2014.

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