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Twelve districts receive modern lab equipment

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Fisheries has handed overlaboratory equipment to the project districts.The equipment, the ministry said, are premised on strengthening the capacitiesof the project districts and the national laboratory to manage sample collection,transportation, testing, analysis and dissemination of livestock test results.

This will help revamp animal health and productivity in the regionThe new equipment includes; white tile agglutination tests, pasteur pipettes,cryogenic tubes, cryogenic storage boxes, vacutainer tubes, vacutainer tuberacks, biohazard bags, absolute methanol and absolute ethanol.Others include sodium chloride tins ,cryo vials phts , multi-channel pipettes , singlechannelpipettes , Liquid detergent , Biohazard bags , Metallic incinerator ,Cryogenic storage boxes , Pedal waste bins , Freezers (solar) + panels +batteriesand controllers, Automatic syringes , Needles , Barrels ,Ice boxes , Ice packs,reusable needles, digital thermometers and Cool boxes .The equipment were handed over on May 17, 2018, under the Regional PastoralLivelihood Resilience Project being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture,Animal Industry and Fisheries, an Intergovernmental Authority on Development isan eight-country trade.

The benefiting districts include Amudat, Abim, Amuria,Bukedea, Kaabong, Kotido, Katakwi, Kumi, Kween, Moroto, Napak andNakapiripirit.Under the Livelihood Support and Market Access and Trade components, theproject is to upgrade labs, where they exist and establish new veterinarydiagnostic facilities thereby providing the pastoral communities with healthy andcompetitive livestock and livestock products in the regional market.11Each of the 12 project districts have laboratories but at different stages ofdevelopment.

Therefore, the equipment has been distributed to the districtsbased on the level of development and capacity to use the equipment. Inaddition, the National Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of the Ministry whichis the referral laboratory, is also benefitting from the equipment to strengthen itsmandate of technical backstopping of the project district laboratories to improvethe pastoral communities’ productivity and livelihoods thus raising their income.