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Ghana's Pig Farmers Scale up Fly Control

by 5m Editor
9 April 2013, at 8:32am

GHANA - Smallholder pig farmers are using the livestock protective net fencing in Ghana. The biting of nuisance flies has been reduced nearly to zero and pig production and health has improved.

The work in Ghana is done in coordination with the country's national coordination office of the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC).

FAO reports that a third pilot is getting underway in Burkina Faso, where the livestock systems are predominantly pastoralist.

In recent project meetings, government and private sector trainees interested in emulating the model have also learned about use of the insecticide nets.

The trainees were from Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda in Eastern Africa and from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo in Western Africa.

The pilot projects are supported by $1.6 million in funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).