Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 10, Issue 1,2012
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Economic implications of small ruminant diseases in the Northern area of Jordan


Amani Abdullah Al-Assaf

Recieved Date: 2011-11-04, Accepted Date: 2012-01-07


This research is considered as the first attempt to describe the actual situation of small ruminant’s (SR) diseases, and to estimate their economic implications in Northern area of Jordan, where 42.7% of SRs are located. The main purpose of this study was to estimate the direct and indirect economic losses due to SR diseases, and to compare these losses with the costs of controlling and treatments of these diseases.  The primary data was collected through two methods: rapid rural appraisal (RRA) and SR breeders’ survey. The ranking and descriptive results showed that Neonatal Losses, Lamb Diarrhea, Enterotoxaemia and Pneumonia were ranked as the most occurring diseases in this study area. The criterion used for ranking was based on the mortality rate of the animals that caused economic losses for breeders in 2004 and 2005 and on the number of sick animals  rejected in the market. Costs of the direct and indirect economic losses were higher than those losses resulted from the costs of drugs and other related services. This rationalizes the importance of diseases control and prevention as better management procedure for reducing economic losses for breeders, and thus improving their economic returns. 


Economic implications, small ruminant diseases, Jordan

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2012
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 323-326

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