Ghana Journal of Agricultural Science

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Characterization of peri-urban dairy production in Ghana. 2. Health and other Constraints in the production system

SA Okantah, EOK Oddoye, FY Obese, P Gyawu, Y Asante


A survey was carried out in five districts of the Accra plains to characterize the peri-urban dairy system. Results of the survey indicated that farmers were not treating their animals with anthelmintic. The use of acaricide and the control of trypanosomiasis was fairly frequent. Skin diseases, ticks, digestive diseases, and trypanosomiasis were the most important diseases affecting farmers' cattle in that order. The lack of livestock extension and the unwillingness of banks to provide credit facilities for cattle farming were identified as other factors hampering the growth of the dairy industry in Ghana.

Ghana Jnl.agric. Sci Vol.31(2), 1998: 197-202
AJOL African Journals Online