Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), also known as sheep and goat plague, is a highly contagious animal disease affecting domestic and wild small ruminants. the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has procured a USD 921,000 machine that will enhance the production of thermo-tolerant Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) vaccine in Ethiopia.
Speaking at the handover ceremony on 21 January 2021, Dr. Fikru Regassa, State Minister for Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia, said diseases significantly affect the livestock sector’s production and productivity and result in restrictions on export.
“However, most of the livestock diseases are preventable and controlled through vaccination. The machine will enable us to produce safe, quality, and enough thermo-tolerant vaccines,” said Dr. Regassa. He thanked FAO and the EU for the support and re-affirmed the Government of Ethiopia’s commitment to eradicate PPR.
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