Insecticide-treated nets control pests in animal shelters, reduce mosquitoes in homes

Photo: ©FAO/Simon Maina
Black insecticide-impregnated nets encircling livestock pens kill disease-carrying mosquitoes and flies


27 March 2013, Rome – Asimple but innovative use of insecticide-impregnated nets to protect livestock is doubling and in some cases tripling milk outputs on smallholder dairy farms while also reducing mosquito-borne illnesses in humans in Kisii, Kenya, in the country’s western highlands. The FAO project is part of a wider strategy to vastly improve animal health in areas most affected by tropical diseases.
The nets are environmentally safe and have drastically cut the number of flies, mosquitoes and other disease transmitting insect vectors by close to 90 percent, and cases of mastitis, a bacterial disease that can be spread by flies as well as poor hygiene during milking, have been halved on smallholder dairy farms. Farmers also learned basic hygiene measures to…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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