World Vision Ghana through its SATISFY project has organized a day’s training programme on disease surveillance for about 20 Community Livestock Health Workers (CLHWs) in Atebubu.
SATISFY is a 5 year multi-faceted food security project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency CIDA in the Atebubu-Amantin and Kintampo South districts of the Brong Ahafo region with the overall objective of improving the food security status of men and women in poor rural communities in Ghana.
In a welcome address, the project officer for SATIFY Mr. Maxwell Amedi, said the objective of his outfit was to ensure increased yield in both crops and animals to ensure improved incomes for farmers.
He stated that the CLHW concept was necessitated by the need to teach farmers modern techniques and best practices in animal keeping in the face of inadequate agriculture extension officers, adding that early detection of diseases could lead to quick solutions that could minimize any adverse effects.
A team from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture led by Mr. Desmond Asiamah the District Veterinary Officer took participants through the signs and symptoms of various diseases affecting cattle, sheep, goats, poultry as well as dogs, cats and monkeys.
Diseases peculiar to the Atebubu-Amantin district such as PPR, diarrhea, mange, nasal discharge, newcastle and rabies were discussed.
They were also schooled on conditions that lead to the onset of these diseases as well as periods within the year that they become rife.
The Manager of the Atebubu Development Programme, Mr. Joseph Kwogyenga, said the WVI was into food security because its child centered focus.
He urged participants to take the training seriously so they would continue to be useful to their communities even after his outfit had left the scene.
Start up kits were distributed to 6 new CLHWs to enable them begin operations in their various communities.
Source: ISD (Daniel Oduro-Stewart)