Small ruminant production in the West African humid zones
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CTA. 1991. Small ruminant production in the West African humid zones . Spore 35. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Projet de Developpement de Petit Elevage dans la Kara (PRODEPEKA) is considered to be one of the best and most successful examples of an FAO/ National Government project (in this case the Republic of Togo), ever to have been undertaken. Located...
The Projet de Developpement de Petit Elevage dans la Kara (PRODEPEKA) is considered to be one of the best and most successful examples of an FAO/ National Government project (in this case the Republic of Togo), ever to have been undertaken. Located in the humid/subhumid zone in northern Togo, the project had modest beginnings in 1982 but by 1990 was providing services and technical advice to almost 750 families with a total of 25,000 sheep and 5,000 goats. In addition 850 families, with 16,000 birds (poultry, guinea fowl and muscovy ducks), were also receiving assistance. The project services include provision of improved rams from an elite flock, fencing material for the construction of a pen, veterinary inputs, and supply of mineral supplements and cotton-seed. These were given free to the fortunate first few families but now all these items are supplied on a cost basis. Technical advice and help with keeping of records are provided by livestock production assistants, each of whom is responsible for 30-50 families. The assistants are themselves responsible to the heads of the three geographic sectors into which the project is divided for administrative and financial purposes. In order to take advantage of the success and experience of the project a training workshop sponsored by the FAO and the Government of Togo was held from 18-22 March 1991. It was attended by participants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Niger, Togo and Zaire as well as technical staff of the FAO. Through seminars, the background to the project was presented, guidelines for project design and development were outlined, and participants were given help in understanding problems related to nutrition, health and genetic improvement of small ruminants in humid zones. The success achieved and the problems encountered by the Togo project, were better appreciated as a result of a series of visits to participating farmers who freely discussed their impressions of the project. Participants were finally helped to prepare a project document for development in their own countries. Dr Y Noukoum National Coordinator PRODEPEKA, BP 20, Kara, TOGO