Goats and garlic
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Apiiga, Samuel. 2006. Goats and garlic. Spore 121. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In Bolgatanga, Ghana, Samuel Apiiga is a well known face and a familiar voice for local farmers...
In Bolgatanga, Ghana, Samuel Apiiga is a well known face and a familiar voice for local farmers. An animal scientist, he works as an extension agent, training farmers in the production of cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits and pigs, as well as poultry, especially guinea fowl. But Mr Apiiga also wears another hat, as broadcaster of a rural FM station (URA-Radio FM). On his weekly programme, he gives tips to listeners on a whole range of issues, including soil and water conservation, animal husbandry and sustainable agriculture. In both jobs, Mr Apiiga finds Spore a useful source of information. He remembers the time he visited one worried livestock farmer, whose goats and sheep were suffering from pneumonia. The farmer did not know that you can use garlic water to treat pneumonia in small ruminants, recalls Mr Apiiga. I had read a piece about it in Spore on ethnoveterinary medicine. The farmer tried it, and it worked. The animals recovered. Mr Apiiga s favourite recent article was in June 2005, a feature on indigenous breeds. It was excellent and I learned a lot from it, he said. Spore has helped me in so many ways, said Mr Apiiga. It has increased my knowledge on the latest improved agricultural technologies, especially for animal husbandry. It helps me in my broadcasting work. It even helped me write my MSc thesis, on rural poultry. High on his long wish list for the communities he serves are more opportunities for rural extension agents to receive training abroad on information dissemination. As a broadcaster, I see how important it is to pass on information on agriculture and development, he said, as he got ready to go on air for his Monday morning show.