LONDON, Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This report examines the current and potential animal health market in Africa.Sub-Saharan Africa comprises some of the poorest countries of the world with a population that is destined to increase exponentially in the coming decades with the concurrent increasing demand for food. In line with the other emerging economies, this will be accompanied by increasing demand for high quality animal protein as countries develop their wealth and middle classes emerge.
The report begins with a brief review of the global animal health industry and then discusses in detail the African market, demographics, growth drivers for African livestock, animal production systems and the need for veterinary medicines.
Production statistics for cattle, sheep and goats, pigs, poultry, companion animals and aquaculture are reviewed together with a discussion of animal types by region and country. There is a review of veterinary legislation and the need for improved veterinary services.
The important animal diseases are covered, focussing mainly on tropical diseases but also reminding the reader that the production diseases of parasitism, respiratory and enteric disease are just as important as they are in developed countries.Diseases are discussed in the context of being vector-borne, zoonoses, transboundary etc.
There is an overview of the animal health industry in Africa including both global and regional companies. The regulatory systems for animal health products are detailed. Their status is highly variable between countries but in general there is relevant legislation but with some exceptions it is often not implemented or enforced rigorously.
To many companies Africa has to date been unattractive due to the problems of low market value and density, poor regulation, corruption, fake and counterfeit products, poor distribution networks, ineffective cold chain etc. However, others are grasping the opportunities and doing very well in finding valuable niches e.g. the poultry vaccine segment.
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