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Lola: breeders confronted with foot and mouth disease in the locality of Morigbèdou

Published By: Alidjou Moribadougou Sylla On: Thursday, June 6, 2024 At 7:19 P.M.

Located 108 kilometers from the urban commune of Lola and 55 kilometers from the rural commune of Foumbadou, Tignègbèla is a sector of the district of Morigbèdou currently facing the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic. This affects the breeding of cattle and small ruminants practiced by local residents. A locality where farmers and breeders live in perfect harmony and where everyone respects their neighbor. It is one of the rare areas of Lola where peace reigns between farmers and breeders, without clashes or clashes.

To discover this landlocked and mountainous area, the Guineenews correspondent based in Lola went to the locality for a series of reports on the activities of its inhabitants. Questioned by Guinéenews, through the correspondent based in the locality, Amara Condé took stock of the situation in peaceful cohabitation between breeders and farmers: “ at home here, our parents do not like the zebu breed. Because they are often accompanied by illnesses. Since the dawn of time, we have been breeders and farmers at the same time. We can keep the N'dama breed in an enclosure, we cannot keep the zebu there. The N'dama can eat certain herbs and grow; you can't do that with zebus. If the grass decreases, the N'dama grows there. If the grass is not high, the Zebu breed does not develop. We are breeders like other breeders.

Here, there are enough ox owners in each village. With us here, you will find more than 30 people, owners of 150 head of cattle, each. In our enclosure, no one has more than 250 head. The supervision is optimal for all of us. Not everyone owns herds, but everyone owns at least two to four heads. This means that we have not accepted Zebus into our home. In this district, there is only the N'dama race belonging to the inhabitants of the locality. That's why there are no conflicts here. Accepting other breeders with the number in the villages was going to be difficult. This often causes conflict in other parties. During the cultivation period, we put our animals in the enclosures. Even the sheep and goats are in the enclosure. What we grow is on the edge of the village. Despite this, there is devastation, but it is managed internally by us. There are enough oxen here, really, ” he said.

Speaking of the difficulties, our interlocutor states: “ in case of foot-and-mouth disease, we inject the oxen with tetracycline and tonic drink .”

Our interlocutor specifies that: “ it is a very common disease in the locality of Morigbèdou where many animals pass for other regions. It was not the veterinarians who prescribed this, but it was ourselves who initiated it. What we drink, if you inject an animal with that, it's not a problem. Veterinarians treat with Fomic and other products that treat foot and mouth disease. The animals coming from Ivory Coast that pass through our homes are the ones who contaminate ours. Wherever contaminated animals pass, if your animals pass, they will be contaminated in turn. It doesn't really kill large animals, but it's the calves that are the victims .

For large animals, “ if you don’t see your animal in time, it can kill it. It immobilizes the animal and attacks the feet. If you look in the animal's mouth, there is a wound from the tongue to the belly. It stops the animal from eating. There is no treatment for foot and mouth disease yet. Here many animals are attacked, even now. However, foot and mouth disease is less serious than anthrax. But it's good that there is vaccination against anthrax. After vaccination, the animal is saved. But foot and mouth disease exists all the time. Although veterinarians come to treat the animals, to help us. It is our economy that is our responsibility to safeguard, ” he concluded.

Situé à 108 kilomètres de la commune urbaine de Lola et à 55 kilomètres de la commune rurale de Foumbadou, Tignègbèla est un secteur du district de Morigbèdou confronté, en ce moment, à l'épidémie de fièvre aphteuse. Cela affecte l'élevage des bœufs