|A veterinarian examines a cow to early dectect foot-and-mouth disease in southern Ben Tre Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS) — More than 3.8 million cows and buffaloes, equal to 80 per cent of their numbers in high-risk areas across the country, are expected to be immune to foot-and-mouth disease by 2020.
The high-risk areas include 26 provinces stretching from the north to the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta. They encompass Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, and Thanh Hoa, in addition to Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Kon Tum. The other high-risk areas are Gia Lai, Kien Giang and Dong Thap.
It was one of the main goals set up under the National Programme on foot-and-mouth disease prevention between 2016 and 2020 signed by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat on Wednesday.
Phat said, as scheduled, the cows and buffaloes would receive injections twice a year.
The State budget and local budget would be used to support breeders and farmers for the injections, he said.
According to the Ministry of Finance, the State budget financing for the programme during 2016-20 was about VND269 billion (US$12 million).
The ministry, in an attempt to eradicate the disease from the country in the next five years, also plans to target Nam Dinh and Thai Binh provinces to make it an area without foot-and-mouth disease until 2020.
To reach the goals, the ministry would run a system to identify cattle and launch a database related to transporting-cattle activities to ensure the clear origin of cattle. More training courses of quarantine were expected to be launched to improve capability of veterinarian, the ministry said.
Sharing information of transporting cattle via borders with shared-border countries of China, Laos and Cambodia would also be implemented, the ministry said.
The ministry assigned its Department of Animal Health to take responsibility of the programme's implementation. — VNS