FG to release millions of sterile tsetsefly to fight trypanosomiasis

To effectively fight the scourge of trypanosomiasis, the federal government has approved the construction of a modern tsetse mass rearing facility

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To effectively fight the scourge of trypanosomiasis, the federal government has approved the construction of a modern tsetse mass rearing facility in Vom.

The facility is to generate millions of sterile male tsetse flies for field release to mop-up populations that may persist after suppression to achieve eradication.

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said that tsetse fly poses very serious problems to livestock production in Africa as well as human health.

He said that Nigeria is willing to lead Africa in the fight against tsetse fly and will work closely with other nations in Africa to reclaim land presently occupied by the insects.

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