Health

World Bank to compensate breeders of small ruminants

An epidemic has recently ravaged goats in Gitega, Mwaro and Kirundo provinces. The minister of agriculture and livestock reassures breeders who have lost their goats that the World Bank is going to compensate them.

Déo Guide Rurema: “The good news is that the World Bank is going to compensate breeders whose goats were killed”

Déo Guide Rurema: “The good news is that the World Bank is going to compensate breeders whose goats were killed”

“The goats that died were imported from Uganda in November 2017 through the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Program (LVEMP II) financed by the World Bank. The good news is that the World Bank is going to compensate the breeders who lost their goats”, said Déo Guide Rurema, Burundian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock.

Mr Rurema congratulates his ministry’s staff, the administration and all the population because they have successfully avoided the consumption of the meat of contaminated ruminants. “We have not got any report of a person who would have consumed the contaminated meat. I appreciate the role played by each and everyone,” he has said.

He has also said there are strategies to be adopted so as to control all the imported seeds and ruminants. “The ministry of agriculture and livestock has started carrying out tighter checks on imported seeds and ruminants”, says Rurema.

He adds that the ministry is awaiting FAO experts to help eradicate such epidemic. “FAO has promised to send experts who will examine what should be imported. This will help prevent the epidemic,” says Rurema.

Over three hundred goats were reported dead in January due to an epidemic which broke out in Bugendana commune of Gitega province and was later reported in Mwaro and Kirundo provinces.

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