Members propose one National Livestock Association in Gambia

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Members of the National Livestock Owners Association (NaOLA) have held a general meeting at the Community Development office in Brikama where they emphasised the singularity of the Association in the country.

According to them, there is only one existing livestock association in the country and that is NaOLA, saying they operate on animal health, security and marketing.

President Ebrima Jallow said the Association was formed in 2002 to serve as the platform for all livestock farmers. “We want to make it crystal clear that there is only one livestock owners association in this country. We are not interested in any position scrambling. We were elected into office through vote and our term is ending in 2020. If anyone is interested in position should come to the congress,” Jallow said last Thursday.

Environment officer Lamin Jatta said they want to establish cordial relationship with the department of Livestock to enable farmers to enjoy some of the privileges available to citizens in the country.

Imam Alhaiba Hydara said Allah has advised mankind to have sympathy for animals and that is what the Livestock Association members are doing. “Today, animals will work for us for a whole farming season and we will end up selling everything without catering anything for them,” he said.

He said when man got hurt, how he feels is the same way animals feel too when they are hurt.

Deputy Director of department of livestock services Dr. Ousman Ceesay said in July 2015, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) was discovered in the Central River Region (CRR) of The Gambia. He said the disease is of seven types with each having its own treatment. “Findings show that each cattle rarer loses 44,000 dalasi in the hands of FMD.”

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly contagious viral disease. It virus causes illness in cows, pigs, sheep, goats, deer, and other animals with divided hooves. It does not affect horses, dogs, or cats. Experts say it is not a public health or food safety threat.

According to him, the Livestock Department was having a machine that could stabilize the disease but it is no more functioning, saying the disease can quickly kill cattle and limit their milk production 

Author: Sanna Jallow