Monday, 13 January 2014

Liberia: Equatorial Guinea relations and Chicken Vaccaines

Below article about Liberian and Equatorial Guinea relations from TLC Africa. The second article on Ministry of Agriculture vaccinated Liberian Chickens for safety comes via Liberian newspaper New Dawn. Liberia has always reached out to its neighbors and other African countries across the continent for business links, trade and diplomatic relations. Equatorial Guinea and Liberia established relations several years ago to collaborate on infrastructure projects ranging from renovating and updating Roberts International Airport, the national airport of Liberia and social housing development across the capital Monrovia and other towns across the country. 

President Sirleaf Renews Commitment to Sisterly Relations with Equatorial Guinea, as Delegation Arrives to Follow-up on Construction of Housing Units, RIA Financing

Mr. Ibrahim Mabrouk, of Arab Contractors, explains the housing units concept to President Sirleaf, assisted by envoy Mr. Armando Champion
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Friday, January 10, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has renewed her administration’s commitment to the sisterly relationship between Liberia and Equatorial Guinea, and believes it will go a long way in benefiting the two peoples.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the comment on Thursday, January 9, when a delegation from Equatorial Guinea, on a follow-up mission, met with her at her Foreign Ministry Office.
The delegation is in Monrovia to present to the Liberian Government the concept for the construction of social housing units, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two governments in May last year. At the request of the Liberian Government, Equatorial Guinea agreed to arrange the financing and construction of the Roberts International Airport and of social housing.
At a presentation, by the delegation, of the project concept, the Liberian President said she was impressed with the progress made so far, and was pleased with her decision to enter into agreement with Equatorial Guinea, and describing it as an example for African countries to follow where one African country will fund such a huge project in another sisterly country.
President Sirleaf was speaking in response to a message of commitment to the project from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, delivered by his Special Advisor on Ceremonial Issues Mr. Armando Dougan Champion.
Oh behalf of his President, Mr. Champion said Equatorial Guinea was pleased and committed to the construction of the Roberts International Airport and the social housing units. On the airport, he said the architectural designs were still ongoing, and promised to inform Monrovia as soon as they are finalized.
The housing units project for was well on course, Mr. Champion said, and construction would begin following the finalization of the formalities. Displaying the concept of the units, he listed such facilities as a police station, primary and secondary schools, a church, a car park, a shopping mall and a two-storey hospital which he said would be named in President Sirleaf’s honor.
Mr. Champion promised to convey to his President the high level of cooperation and eagerness from the Government and people of Liberia in getting the projects started. The delegation was expected to make a detailed concept presentation on Friday, January 10, before officials of the Ministry of Public Works and the National Housing Authority.
Accompanying Mr. Champion was Mr. Ibrahim Mabrouk, Managing Director of Arab Contractors, who disclosed that the company was ready to jump-start the project in terms of manpower and equipment, and was awaiting a signal from the two governments. He said his company had begun identifying a suitable site for the construction using satellite pictures, and would share that information as soon as the search was completed.
The delegation is in town until Sunday, and will hold another round of discussions with President Sirleaf Saturday evening, after she returns from the ECOWAS Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

MOA to vaccinate chickens nationwide

The Liberian Chicken the land as known as the "country chicken" comes in many colors including black, brown and white. Photo by Aan. The chicken is organically raised and mainly feeds off the land without the need of preservatives. And there are NO GMOs in the chicken or other Liberian meats.  


The Animal Resources Division of the Ministry of Agriculture will vaccinate chickens across the country against the ‘Newcastle Disease’ (ND), locally known as ‘Chicken Sickness’-LINA reports.
The Ministry in a press release says the campaign will run from February 3-28, as a step towards controlling the disease and other poultry diseases in the 15 political sub-divisions of the country.

The severe pandemic of the ‘Chicken Sickness’ is observed between February and April every year, and can cause 100 percent mortality in unvaccinated chickens in rural communities, leaving poultry farmers without income and important source of animal protein.

Chickens that survive the disease as a result of immune build-up may produce less egg which may sometimes be misshaped. They will also produce less meat.

“By simply participating and making your chickens available for this vaccine will increase income for small farmers and achieve significant improvements for their families and other members of the community,” the press release said.

The Ministry of Agriculture is accordingly advising all poultry farmers to take advantage of the process and vaccinate their chickens so that they will not fall prey to the disease.

They are also seeking the cooperation of all county superintendents, district commissioners, clan chiefs, town chiefs, county agriculture coordinators, county livestock officers and cattle chairmen of various communities across the country in ensuring the success of the campaign.

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