Residents of Nadowli-Kaleo District in the Upper West region says absence of veterinary officers to provide animal health services has led to the surge in livestock mortality in the community.
The residents explained that about dozens of livestock dies in the district every month from unknown diseases.
The residents noted that there was only one veterinary officer who used to vaccinate the animals in the community, but after he has retired from the job, there has not been any veterinary officer to provide such services in the community again, thereby leading to this tragic incident befallen the community.
Meanwhile, Nadowli-Kaleo District Agric Officer, Sephas Erimon, says a lack of means of transport for extension agents in the district is hindering the activities of veterinary officers in the district.
He said the district currently has six veterinary officers to provide animal health services, however, most of the officers do not have a motorbike to reach out to their designated communities. This he said is affecting animal mortality in the district and adversely impacting on the economic lives of famers.
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