Indigenous Communities to Get FMD Help

BRAZIL – Indigenous farmers in the Roraima region are to benefit from a foot and mouth vaccination scheme worth £253,000.
calendar icon 16 May 2013
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Over a 40 day timetable the scheme will immunize 50,000 cattle across 218 indigenous holdings in the north of the country, near the Venezuela and Guyana borders.

The decision comes as a confidence boost for cattle health in Roraima as its foreign borders lead to Venezuela, where FMD risk is classified as high and Guyana, which has no official data.

Weather and transport challenges are expected to hinder the progress of the five teams of technicians. Rainy season damage has left roads barely passable and bridges in disrepair.

But despite acknowledging difficult conditions, Jose Nobrega, Livestock Minister has said the project will go ahead because of its economic importance.

“Health assurance certification and FMD free status would mean that Roraima cattle could be sold in other states,” said Mr Nobrega.

Federal Superintendent of Agriculture, Divine Gouvea has said the money for the project will go towards transport and operational costs.

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