Announcing the charges at the launching of the national vaccination campaign against anthrax, the Director of Livestock Services in the ministry Hezron Nonga said the indicative vaccination charges were announced since May 13 this year hence it was the responsibility of all livestock stakeholders to adhere to.
He said the charge for anthrax is 500/-, blackleg 800/- rinderpest 600/- and east Coast Fever 700/-.
Other charges are Anaplasmosis 17,000/- rabies 500/-, foot and mouth disease 3,000/- and Tecoblax 500/-.
Nonga stressed that many livestock diseases are infectious and if there are no effective vaccinations, the diseases can spread fast.
He said strong prevention against 13 priority livestock diseases including CBPPP, CCPP, FMD, LSD, Brucellosisi, rinderpest, anthrax, PPR, rabies and Rift Valley Fever is through vaccinations.
“Vaccination is a sure way of protecting the livestock health as it controls some incurable diseases especially those coming through eruption,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina directed Tanzania Meat Board and the private sector desk committees that by December this year a chicken meat processing factory should be built in Singida Region.
He said the fifth phase government has built much bigger factories than the one to be built in Singida Region hence the Singida factory can be completed within the given time.
“We have seen a big chicken production in Singida Region that has reached 2.6 million birds hence it is a good opportunity for the factory construction,” Mpina added.
Mkalama District Livestock Development Officer Elias Mbwambo said the District is home to 130,239 cattle, 87,986 goats, 44,673, sheep, 3,606 sheep, 10,529 donkeys, 10,028 dogs and 308,188 chicken.
The registrar of Tanzania Meat Board Imani Sichalwe said the presence of many livestock is not a great advantage, the only important issue is their improvement and looking for foreign markets for them.