November 21, 2017

Nationwide animal census to be taken in January by Livestock Breeding & Vet Dept

Officials discuss collecting data on animal population . Photo: MNA
Officials discuss collecting data on animal population . Photo: MNA

The first meeting of a national-level animal census central committee was held yesterday morning at the Royal ACE Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw.
The Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu said the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department is arranging to conduct an animal census in January, with preliminary data collection already conducted in 11 wards and 1,113 villages of Nganzun, Kyaukse, Singgaing, Myittha, Tada-U, Miekhtila, Wundwin, Thazi townships, Mandalay Region while the Food and Agriculture Organization Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (FAO-LIFT Fund) collected data from Mahlaing, Myingyan, Natogyi, Pakokku, Taungtha and Yesagyo townships of Mandalay Region and Magway Region totalling 422,618 houses in 14 townships.
The Union Minister said the animal census could not be conducted successfully simply by having time, manpower and technology. The work can be successfully conducted by the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department with the support of the ministry, the cooperation of related organisations, expertise of the data collectors and enthusiastic and transparent mental and physical cooperation of the people. As per the current calculations, there are 330 townships and 63,860 villages in Myanmar and, excluding townships that didn’t have villages and villages where data has already been collected, data will be collected from 20 per cent of villages and wards in 283 townships numbering 12,399 villages and 515 wards consisting of about 1.5 million houses, said the Union Minister.
Only when exact animal census data is collected can policies, aims and projects be implemented in the animal breeding and production sector, which will support the country’s political, economic and social sector developments, added the Union Minister. Dr. Ye Tun Win, the director general of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, explained the animal census collection project and implemented works, and an official from FAO explained how the collected data will be utilised. The steps for the national-level animal census collection work process were then reviewed by central committee members and officials of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department. —Myanmar News Agency

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