SOCIO-ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF ANIMAL TRYPANOSOMOSIS CONTROL IN THE NORTHERN REGION OF GHANA

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ABSTRACT

The Northern Region of Ghana is important agriculturally and contributes significantly to

the livestock sub-sector. Livestock production in the region is, however, bedevilled with

many constraints such as animal diseases and inadequate feed and water for livestock

during the dry season. Among animal diseases, trypanosomosis is identified as the most

important constraint and the sustainability of the control of tsetse, which is the main

vector of this disease, is the focus of this study. Contingent Valuation (CV) techniques

were used to generate estimates of farmers’ willingness to pay in cash or labour for tsetse

control. With respect to the low trypanosomosis risk villages, only 1.1% of the 90

fanners declined to contribute some resources for tsetse control. In addition 4.4% and

23.3% pledged monetary and labour contribution respectively. Furthermore, 71.1% were

willing to contribute both money and labour. The average proposed monetary

contribution is between 7,062 and 15,000 Ghanaian cedis (US$0.78-1.70).