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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:27 - Updated Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:27

FAO willing to support cattle breeders in Caimbambo

Caimbambo - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is willing to support cattle breeders in Caimbambo Municipality, central Benguela Province, who have been affected by deaths of scores of their bovines.

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Benguela: drought kills scores of bovines in Caimbambo

Photo: José Cachiva

This was said to journalists last Wednesday by the co-ordinator of emergency programmes of FAO in Angola, Mateus Tony, in the end of an evaluation visit to Caimbambo, during which he expressed FAO’s willingness to support cattle breeders in the said locality with tackling the causes behind the deaths of cattle.          

Mateus Tony guaranteed that in its position as a partner of the Angolan government FAO will help cattle breeders with cattle feed.

According to the official, FAO has an animal food plant in Cahama Municipality, southern Cunene Province, which is in condition to provide immediate support to the farming sector.  

To face the drought situation and lack of pasture in the interior of the province, the Provincial Government of Benguela has drafted an emergency programme turned to the rehabilitation and construction of water reservoirs, as well as the acquisition of 800 bales of hay for the undernourished animals.

Estimated at five billion kwanzas, the emergency programme is to last three months and includes also the acquisition of medicines to guarantee the good health of the animals.        

Due to the lack of rains and other difficulties in Caimbambo, so far over 700 heads of cattle have died.     

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