Friday, April 26, 2013

USAID Launches Camel Milk Project In Ethiopia

(Apr 25/2013, Addis Ababa))--The U.S. government has launched the Camel Milk Value Chair Development Project at a festive ceremony in Fafan Village, Somali Regional State, the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia said.

According to a statement the Embassy sent to ENA on Thursday, the new project will support up to 50,000 smallholder livestock keepers. It said the project is launched as part of the U.S. President's Feed the Future Initiative in Ethiopia through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The statement said that the project will improve the entire value chain of camel milk production, from the camels until the arrival at markets. To increase camel productivity, the project will focus on breed development, improved animal feed and fodder, and animal health service delivery. The project will give special focus to building the capacity of community animal health workers to diagnose and treat camel diseases.

Speaking on the occasion, State Vice President, Abdifatah Mohamud Hassan said the project is an innovative project that addresses cultural wealth of the pastoralists. USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller also said Ethiopia has a good chance of becoming a leader in promoting camel production as a key to pastoralist livelihood security and development, according to the statement.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency 

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