In Guinea-Bissau agriculture is the main economic activity and involves 85% of the population. Rural families, however, practice mainly subsistence farming and for this reason most of them still live below the poverty line.

In this context, poultry farming represents a good investment sector, potentially profitable and that can be managed in complementarity with agriculture and the raising of other animals.

The problem is that local producers traditionally see poultry farming as a secondary activity and this leads to low productivity. In addition, there is a lack of knowledge, equipment, a good credit system and medicines (during seasonal changes high mortality rates lead to accentuated losses for farming families).

Mani Tese, with the project “Let’s sprout wings to development” co-financed by the European Union in the framework of the broader program Ianda Guiné, and in partnership with Instituto Marques de Valle Flor (IMVF), Asas de Socorro and University of Turin, wants to develop the poultry sector in Guinea-Bissau and has launched in recent months some vaccination campaigns for chickens of the beneficiary farms.

The goal is to increase food, nutrition and health security in the target regions of Guinea-Bissau by reducing chicken mortality and consequently increasing income in the intervention communities.

The vaccination campaigns are particularly directed against the spread of avian influenza and Newcastle (another type of infectious disease that affects chickens) and to date, thanks to the project, three vaccination campaigns have been carried out in the 6 regions of intervention, namely Gabu, Bafatá, Cacheu, Oio, Biombo and SAB.

“Nel tempo, c’è stato un notevole aumento dell’accettazione della pratica della vaccinazione da parte dei produttori, nonché un aumento dei trattamenti veterinari per gli animali – ci racconta Oscar Mateus, Assistente veterinario del progetto per IMVF – La stretta collaborazione della Direção Geral de Pecuária da Guiné-Bissau (DGP) e della Associação de Paraveterinários de Ingoré (APAI), nell’attuazione delle campagne di vaccinazione, ha dimostrato di essere un aspetto chiave per il successo dell’azione così come per la sua continuità post-progetto, soprattutto perché le campagne di vaccinazione sono una forma di divulgazione del lavoro svolto da tali entità, come pure una forma per avvicinarsi alle comunità stesse.”
“Over time, there has been a notable increase in the acceptance of the practice of vaccination by producers, as well as an increase in veterinary treatment for animals – Oscar Mateus, Project Veterinary Assistant for IMVF, tells us – The close collaboration of the Direção Geral de Pecuária da Guiné-Bissau (DGP) and the Associação de Paraveterinários de Ingoré (APAI) in the implementation of the vaccination campaigns, has proven to be a key aspect for the success of the action as well as for its post-project continuity, especially since the vaccination campaigns are a form of dissemination of the work done by these entities, as well as a form of getting closer to the communities themselves. “

“During the vaccination campaigns, geo-referencing of supported aviaries is also taking place – Oscar continued – This tool will allow local health authorities to respond more quickly and efficiently to disease outbreaks in geo-referenced regions, enabling appropriate biosecurity measures to be taken in a timely manner.”

A total of 240 households benefited from the third vaccination campaign (74 more than the previous campaign) and 11,000 birds were vaccinated against avian influenza and Newcastle disease. The increase in the number of households joining the campaign is a direct reflection of the success of the previous campaigns and their acceptance by chicken owners who have seen that bird mortality decreases significantly in vaccinated poultry houses.

Below are some photos from the vaccination campaign in the poultry houses:

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