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The Mozambican government plans to vaccinate 100% of cattle against foot-and-mouth disease during the 2022-2023 veterinary immunisation campaign, the government announced on Thursday.
The national director of Livestock Development, Américo da Conceição, said that more than 2.2 million heads of cattle in the country would be vaccinated with the achievement of the goal.
Américo da Conceição was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the launch of the animal vaccination campaign in Búzi district, central Mozambique’s Sofala province.
“Vaccination coverage rose from 62% in 2020 to 86.75% in 2021, emphasising vaccination against different types of anthrax, which reached a coverage of 81% and 85% respectively,” Conceição said.
The increase in the number of vaccinated animals, he said, would ensure animal health and the contribution of the livestock sector to the country’s economy.
The national director for livestock development noted that the government invests an average of over 422 million meticais (over €6 million) a year in vaccines and medication for animals.
Américo da Conceição defended policies to attract young people to livestock activities to ensure the future and sustainability of the sector.