The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has launched an emergency appeal for vaccinations and feed for cattle, buffalo, sheep and goats in the Mosul area of Iraq.
This part of Iraq was recently retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). More than 200,000 people in the area are dependent on livestock for income, but also for “self-reliance and dignity”, the FAO said.
It has appealed for vaccinations against six animal diseases: sheep and goat pox, brucellosis, enterotoxaemia, blackleg disease, lumpy skin disease and foot-and-mouth disease. The organisation has said as many as 1 million sheep, goat, cattle and buffalo are at risk. It has also asked for 1,500 tonnes of high-nutrient feed for around 60,000 animals.
“If immediate measures are not taken, the effects on livestock production and food security could be devastating,” said the FAO’s representative in Iraq, Fadel El-Zubi. “Healthy, productive livestock means income, food and financial security for farmers and their families. The FAO is committed to ensuring livelihoods are protected, to promote people’s self-reliance and dignity, and to reduce dependence on food assistance.”
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