The Central African Republic of Chad is trying to reconstruct its livestock industry after the severe effects of a five year drought in Africa's Sahel region.
The Central African Republic of Chad is trying to reconstruct its livestock industry after the severe effects of a five year drought in Africa's Sahel region. A laboratory run by an institute for livestock medicine is developing vaccines to be used in Chad, and for export to other African nations.
SYNOPSIS: The drought left the Sahel region a virtual desert. The barren land was unable to sustain as many livestock, which is an important part of Chad's subsistence economy. The cattle is used for food and leather production, but Chad's animal resources are considered to be under used. Chad is one of Africa's poorest and least developed nations which depends heavily on outside assistance. The experiments now under way have been financed with the aid of friendly countries and international organisations.
The Farcha laboratory is where the immunisation experiments take place. Scientists are trying to develop vaccines that would protect the cattle stock from cattle plague and other livestock diseases. The work in this laboratory would help the government improve the cattle herds.
New vaccines developed by the scientists would be manufactured, and much would be exported to Nigeria, the Central African Empire and other African nations. Chad is already exporting livestock, and much of its leather goes to Nigeria. But the future of the industry depends on healthy stock.
Earlier this month (December) Chad received money from several sources to help fight the effects of the drought. Livestock improvement is part of that effort.