Friday, August 18, 2017

Government to conduct livestock census in January

The government will conduct a national-level livestock census in January of next year, said Dr Toe Min Tun, an official from the ministry of agriculture, livestock and irrigation.

The census has not been conducted since fiscal year 1993-94 and the long pause has caused a gap between government calculated livestock data and the actual livestock figure, he said.

“The government input animal data based on these old figures so it causes a gap compared with the real figures. That is why we are planning to launch this animal census,” said the deputy director at livestock breeding and veterinary department on August 4.

By collecting data, figures on animals and livestock products can be confirmed and this can also provide correct data for drawing up policies on the country’s food security and poverty alleviation, livestock breeding plans and veterinary plans, he said.

The department has appointed Dr Murray Maclean from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as adviser to this plan.

FAO, which is providing technical assistance, also tested data collection on animal population in Nyaung-U township’s Taungba village in September 2016.

Based on the technique used in the trial test, FAO also conducted a pilot project at five villages in each of Myingyan, Taungthar, Mahlaing, Nwartogyi, Pakokku and Yesagyo townships.

Livestock breeding and veterinary department also collected animal population data as a project from all households in all villages in those six townships.

In addition to the six townships, Dr Toe Min Tun said the department also conducted similar project in eight townships in Mandalay Region. The department collected the data in 60 percent of all villages.

“This time we will collect livestock data in all townships across the country and 20pc of villages in all townships,” he said.

Data collection in 20pc of villages in all townships will have a full coverage and ensure maximum data validity, he said.

The ministry is also planning to train department officials from 330 townships across the country concerning data collection.

The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department will hire more than 68,000 data collectors and each data collector will collect animal data on 35 household a day. The department expects to complete the project by January and before February 28 for far remote villages.

The whole project is estimated to cost about K1.4 billion (US$1.02 million).