Goat plague hits poor farmers in Africa, Asia, wider vaccination needed: FAO

April 22, 2015 2:58 PM

3 0

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Goat plague, a fast spreading virus, impoverishes millions of small farmers across Africa and Asia, but a campaign to eradicate it has drawn far less support than halting mad cow disease or Ebola, a U.N. veterinary official said on Wednesday.

'Peste des petits ruminants' (PPR) or goat plague, attacks sheep and goats - crucial to the livelihood of more than 300 million herders in the developing world - and costs those who can least afford it some $2 billion a year, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported.

Also read: Vedanta to invest 200 bln rupees over 3 yrs to expand aluminium capacity

Read more

To category page

Loading...