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Permanent Secretary Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in charge of Livestock Prof. Elisante Ole Gabriel has ordered Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA) to make sure that they produce Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Vaccine by next year so that animal products can be sold in international markets.
Prof. Gabriel said this on Friday 16.04.2021 in Dar es Salaam while opening a staff council meeting of the Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA), where he directed the Director of Veterinary Services Prof. Hezron Nonga to oversees the implementation of the vaccine to enable the country’s meat-producing industries to access markets for their products in various countries.
He also called on TVLA to ensure the challenge of swine flu is solved by the availability of its vaccine and the eradication of the disease in the country and remove the stereotype that some livestock has been discriminated against various services including vaccines.
The Director of Livestock Services from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Prof. Hezron Nonga said the current strategy is to ensure that next year three Veterinary vaccines are produced, including Rabies to eradicate the disease as the world’s goal is to ensure that by 2030 the disease is eradicated from the world.
He also said that other vaccines for goat and sheep measles are already underway with TVLA to ensure that next year the vaccines are produced in the country as well as producing a Lampy Skin disease vaccine.
The Chief Executive of the Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA) Dr. Stella Bitanyi said the agency has already produced the seventh vaccine against Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP) out of 13 strategic vaccines and has already been certified by a veterinary vaccination lab in Africa and has received a certificate of quality and production has begun.
Dr. Bitanyi said TVLA hopes to launch the vaccine between May and June this year so that it can be announced and pastoralists can start using it as well .The Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA) which is under the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries is making various efforts to ensure that it produces strategic 13 veterinary vaccines.