Support the Recovery of Livestock Production in Northern Aleppo Governorate

Prior to the outbreak of conflict, a modest 50% of the fodder needs to livestock breeders were available at good quality and affordable prices. Since the start of the conflict, the regime ceased providing fodder to livestock breeders and as a result, the local market for fodder has been destabilized. The limited available resources meet only 3% of the fodder needs in general  and at present, approximately 23% of the needs of livestock are secured by local production. The deficit is partially covered by traders who import concentrated feed at high prices. In order to compensate the shortage of fodder, overgrazing has become a common occurrence. As a result of fodder and feed shortfall, a lack of routine vaccinations, and reduced access to water for livestock needs, the number of livestock such (dairy cows, calves and sheep) has decreased and continues to decrease negatively affecting the food security situation, and the quality and quantity of milk and meat in liberated areas.

 

After carrying out a needs assessment survey and rapid market analysis to identify deficiencies, the project will support the IE to implement a devised plan for recovery which includes green fodder cultivation which includes provision of technical assistance, agricultural inputs, and engagement with farmers for land access in exchange for access to agricultural mechanization on an asset-sharing agreement. Secondly, to secure sufficient water for livestock; two agricultural tractors with trailed tankers (5 cubic meters capacity) will be procured and used to transport water from known sources to breeding herds as well as securing 25 watering troughs at livestock locations to ensure clean water is available for the herds. A third component of revitalizing the livestock sector addresses the disease prevention preventing livestock disease and to that end, the project will ensure that vaccination campaigns occur in the appropriate season to build enough herd immunity and will ensure that the appropriate vaccines are provided.

 

In addition to the three components, the project will also support IE capacity development, with focus on personnel and organizational development. In particular, development in financial, procurement, and administrative practices. To assist the IE with that management, reporting, and communication support packages – including 10 laptops, printers, and satellite communication sets – will be procured and provided by the project.

Through the one year implementation period of the project, and by enhancing the capacity and experience of the livestock directorates, the project will create employment opportunities for veterinarians, veterinary assistants, and other workers associated with livestock and animal husbandry (e.g., livestock transportation, animal processing, meat sales, etc.). An estimated 20,300 farmers will directly benefit from the project with their families, approx. total 120,000 indirect beneficiaries.

 

For further information on the project, please see:

The SRTF Completes a Needs Assessment Phase as Part of a Project to Support the Recovery of Livestock Production in Northern Aleppo Governorate

The SRTF Management Committee Approves a EUR 3.7 Million Project to Support the Recovery of Livestock Production in Northern Aleppo Governorate

 

For more information on the SRTF visit:

http://www.srtfund.org

 

Media outlets may contact:

communications@srtfund.org

 


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