Saiga shooting not reducing in Kazakhstan – Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture proposes to develop the scientific and technical program aimed at developing methods for the prevention of infectious diseases in the saiga population.
The proposal was announced today by the Vice Minister of Agriculture Yerlan Nyssanbayev at the round table on protection, reproduction and sustainable use of flora and fauna at the Mazhilis of the Parliament.
One of the factors influencing the number of saiga is pasteurellosis infectious disease. Unfortunately, the mass death of saiga is recorded in recent years. As a result of protection arrangements, the number of saiga was increased from 21,000 in 2003 to 295,000 animal units prior to the massive losses in 2015. Judging from the current situation and emerged real threat of a possible mass death of saiga caused by infectious diseases, I think it is necessary to develop and implement the scientific and technical program which would include the fundamental and applied research aimed at the development of methods for the prevention of infectious diseases in the saiga population, Y.Nyssanbayev said.
The Vice Minister also touched on a problem of poaching. Despite the measures taken to combat poaching, the saiga shooting is not reduced. It should be noted that it is created in the country one of a kind in CIS Ohotzooprom organization which deals with the protection of rare endangered species of wild ungulates and saiga. To organize the monitoring the saigas are labeled by using satellite beacons. The security measures are controlled by satellite trackers installed on the vehicles of inspectors. As a result of the measures taken, there is an increase in the number of rare endangered species of ungulates, Y.Nyssanbayev added.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan