Internal parasites are highly prevalent in grazing animals; this lowers their productivity and leads to high economic losses (up to 30%). Raising awareness of the prevention and control of these parasites among farm communities is direly needed for proper productivity. Analyses of faecal samples from sheep and goats in target sites showed that 80% of the animals are infected with seven types of internal parasites.
In May 2016, the AIP-Livestock project, in collaboration with ICARDA, PARC and the Department of Livestock, Balochistan, organized a small ruminant health camp and provided anthelmintic treatment to livestock holders in Khuzdar District. A total of 10,603 animals (6,353 sheep and 4,250 goats) belonging to 78 farmers were drenched with anthelmintics (Nilzan Plus). The farmers were trained in the proper handling of internal parasitic problems and other major diseases in sheep and goats. The increase in net profit as a result of anthelmintic treatment is Rs. 1,428 per animal. With a total of 10,603 animals treated, a net profit of Rs.15.16 million was generated.
Initially published in the AIP Newsletter – A Newsletter of the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan, Volume 3, Issue 2, April-June 2016. AIP-Livestock is led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). For feedback and queries, contact Ibrahim Mohammed (ILRI): firstname.lastname@example.org