Without vehicles, livestock service thrown out of gear

- Anup Ojha, Bhaktapur

Jan 3, 2015-

In lack of vehicles, the District Livestock Services Office (DLSO) in Bhaktapur is facing difficulty in providing regular veterinary services to the farmers involved in animal husbandry.  

DLSO has only four motorcycles and only two of them are in working condition. One of the motorcycles is being used by Dr Bal Bahadur Chand, senior veterinary officer, while the other is being used as office vehicle. DLSO has 31 staff.

“If we have to give services going from village to village, we have to ask for ride to strangers. We have plans to conduct camps, but that has not been possible due to lack of transportation facility,” said Dr Nabin Upadhayaya, veterinary officer.

A pick-up truck that was given to the office broke down one year ago, and in a very poor condition to be repaired, said Dr Upadhyaya.

 “Even if we repair the truck, it will only run for about a week,” he said.

Meanwhile, the number of farmers involved in animal husbandry is increasing in the district. Ten cow farms and 11 chicken hatcheries were registered at the office recently. And there are more than 2,000 unregistered poultry farms.

Because of transportation problem, DLSO staff said they are unable to provide free vaccination service to around 10,000 cattle and administer swine flu vaccination to pigs as part of its fiscal target.

The office is  also having difficulty monitoring the meat products sold in the city because the office lacks transport facility.  

Dr Chand said that the office has already apprised about the problem to Agriculture Minister Hari Prasad Prajuli and the Department of  Livestock Services Office, though nothing has been done about it so far.

 “They have assured to provide us with a vehicle, but we don’t’ know for how long we have to wait,” he said.

 

Published: 04-01-2015 09:19

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