James (below picture inset l.), who lives a few meters from where the carcasses were buried in Cité La Cure, does not hide his displeasure.
Concern is for the areas where carcasses of animals affected with FMD were buried. While some expressed fear, others say that the animals were buried in pits deep enough.
In Valley of Priests, we meet Sangeet Rughoobeer, a farmer who lost all his livestock. He says that no smell emanates from these pits. He even showed us where the animals slaughtered were buried. “Many people have expressed their dissatisfaction when the carcasses were buried near residential areas. Officials were digging holes 10 meters, poured lime, making sure the carcasses were covered with lime and soil. It is almost impossible that these pits emit any odor. ”
Regarding compensation to farmers, Sangeet Rughoobeer found it to be reasonable. But he says that it will take several months to restore its waters. ” I do not know what to do. I have a family to feed, “he said. But he already has his own idea in mind. “I intend to consolidate my other friends who have lost animals to form a cooperative society,” he says.
A little further, we meet Irshad. The latter says that the carcasses were buried in a field near his home last week. “So far, we felt no foul odor. But since the animals were buried near a canal, it is feared that the pits will be affected in the event of heavy rain, “he says.
Animals have also been buried in Cité La Cure. James, who lives in the area, expressed dissatisfaction. He resides in one hundred meters of the landfill. “I feel that all animals that the veterinary service killed are buried in Cité La Cure. As recently as last Sunday, I heard about fifty shots. It has already been buried over 100 animals in this region. I wonder if we can come and pollute an entire region. We do not know the consequences this can have, “he fumed.
He added that during heavy rains, muddy water flooded his house and those of his neighbors. “We do not know what will happen in the next rain. The authorities should consult us before coming bury animals in our neighborhood. This can cause significant damage to our environment. ”
For its part, Waheda Hoolash still mourning the death of his animals. “I lost nine animals. We should have sought other remedies instead of killing them. At first I thought we were only down sick animals, but were all killed. “She says it was painful to witness the slaughter carried out by the authorities.
His daughter Sharfaa Annut is also rising against the approach of the authorities. “These are young members of the Special Mobile Force who fired the shots. Some even missed their target. It was inhuman. I wonder why it is only the animals on private farms that have contracted the virus. “He added:” If the government had informed us we had to buy vaccines, we would have. ”
Aniff Mamade Beekharee himself has lost his 32 cattle. All were buried in a field at the back of his house. “The animals were sedated before being shot dead,” he says.
Health comes as reinforcements in Agribusiness
The Ministry of Health will lend a hand to the Ministry of Agro Industry on the back of FMD. The staff of the health service will intervene on the grounds that the affected animals were buried. It is for sale in Vallée-des-Priests and Cité-La-Cure that technicians Agribusiness buried animals with FMD.
A decision which does not unanimous among the inhabitants of these regions, who complain that this has caused a foul odor. At the Ministry of Health, we entrust have registered complaints in this regard and that the staff of the health department will conduct shortly a disinfection operation.
Ministry managers believe that the burial of animal carcasses exercise was not carried out in proper conditions. “If someone had dug a little deeper, we could have avoided this situation,” suggests a technician.
1,500 animals already vaccinated
foot and mouth disease
The Committee established to manage FMD affects cattle was held Tuesday, August 23 to make a statement on the situation. According to our cross-checking, a little more than 1 500 animals affected by the disease have been vaccinated.
“The farmers whose animals are not affected can also make a request to get the vaccine, but they must apply for a private veterinarian for the vaccine,” says our source. It stresses that it is not curative but preventive vaccine.
“People tend to believe that once the injected vaccine, the animal is healed. But such is not the case. This is over a total period of about 30 months the vaccine should be made. It should be administered in four phases including a primary dose followed by a booster dose after 21 days, a second booster dose after four months and then three additional doses at intervals of six months, “she says.
This vaccination campaign will be done on the entire island and it is possible that vaccines arrive to miss. This possibility was raised by the committee. The government plans to import other doses, because it comes to vaccinate the entire herd.
“By Friday, all animals affected by this virus will be vaccinated. Subsequently, veterinarians will go in other areas of the island, “says our interlocutor.
Furthermore, a committee met Monday with representatives of the district councils and municipalities. This authority must establish the conditions under which will be located the remains of animals to be slaughtered on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Adha.