FACT SHEET: Farmer managed supply of Acaricides to communal dip tanks: Results and Lessons learnt

The communal dipping programme has been significantly disrupted over the last years. A combination of a deteriorating socio-economic situation, recurrent droughts and climate change diminished the capacity of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS)and farmers to sufficiently finance the procurement of acaricides. As a result, there was an increase in the prevalence of tick-borne diseases especially theileriosis with 50 000 cattle worth an estimated value of over US$40 million succumbing to diseases in 2019.


It was against this background that FAO and partners with support from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provided support for the supply of acaricides via the Crisis modifier whilst also addressing the structural challenges affecting the communal cattle dipping system. The model was implemented in 10 districts that LFSP is operating in and covered all the 744 dip tanks located within these districts. To ensure sustainability of the communal dipping system beyond the crisis modifier, LFSP proposed and together with the Department of Veterinary Services and implementing partners facilitated a model that strengthened dip tank committees to independently provide acaricides for communal dip tanks with cattle owners contributing towards procurement of the acaricides.

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