The departments concerned with the regional administration of agriculture in Tataouine received, since last Friday, a notification stating the death of 7 camels in the delegation of Ben Mahira, “northeast” of the region, in addition to other areas such as the provinces of Ramada and Smar, which caused a state of panic among the ranks of breeders, especially since the death of camels It came suddenly and in Fetrojeza did not exceed 15 minutes, according to eyewitnesses who attended the scene.
The head of the Animal Production Department in Tataouine, Dr. “Suhair Qashchot”, confirmed that the officials of the Department immediately went to the scene of the accident, where the veterinarians diagnosed the death process and took the necessary samples to be presented for laboratory analysis, noting that the initial diagnosis highlighted the presence of a rapid rotting and swelling of the bodies.
According to the official, an autopsy was conducted, which revealed the presence of “a case of acute intestinal poisoning,” according to the initial data. She pointed out that the autopsy process also proved that “the unmoderate diet of camels can be a major cause of poisoning cases, especially since the region is still suffering from severe drought, which prompted the breeders to resort to adopting another diet, which did not take the necessary precautions, adding that he is awaiting the results of the analyzes.” The laboratory, which will reveal the main cause, the accident remains impossible to investigate and follow up.
One of the eyewitnesses, Tariq Al-Sayah, said in a statement to the “Watt” reporter that the scene was “suspicious and strange” at the same time, as the region had not witnessed such a death case before, indicating that the camel deaths occurred quickly and that the camels did not survive At all, it was falling in succession in a tragic scene that the party had never witnessed before, and he noticed that the shepherds and breeders had sufficient experience with camel disease, but this incident was not understood and it is a dangerous precedent, according to him.
On the other hand, the owner of the dead camels, “Al-Sharif Mumin” told Luwat that the incident represented a great catastrophe for him and demanded the competent authorities first to urgently and quickly detect this unknown disease, for fear of its spread if it carried some kind of infection, highlighting at the same time the critical situation of livestock breeders in The authority, especially in relation to the shortage of fodder and the deteriorating climatic conditions, demanded urgent intervention from the state.
In the same context, the head of the Regional Union of Peasants in Tataouine, Abdelaziz Al-Harabi, stressed to Tunisia Africa News Agency the need to search for the true causes of this modernity so that it does not happen again, noting that he is in constant contact with the regional delegate for agriculture and the relevant interests, and that the issue is followed-up and has a high priority.
The head of the Regional Union of Peasants highlighted the worn-out situation that farmers suffer from, especially at the level of the severe shortage in the specialty of veterinary medicine, calling for the need to find a quick solution by the authority and support this specialization, as the number of veterinarians who monitor the health conditions of the herd of camels and others does not exceed 7 doctors He said, “It is inconceivable that such a small number of veterinarians reside in a geographically vast region whose economy is based primarily on livestock.
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