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Uganda to start making HIV tabs from goat milk

Goats on a farm

Goats on a farm

The National Animal Genetic Resources Center and Databank (NAGRC&DB) has finalised plans to introduce highly-efficient and productive dairy goats for adoption by the livestock-rearing communities to avail milk rich in nutrients required for boosting the human immune system.

This is revealed in a new report about the state of goat farming in the country. Dr Peter Beine, the NAGRC&DB acting executive director, confirmed the development but did not provide the specific timeframe for the start.

“On the recommendation of our scientists and researchers, we are bringing the Toggenburg breed, a dairy goat that has been found to withstand conditions here,” he noted.

Goat milk contains calcium, potassium, highly-soluble less-allergenic proteins, digestible fats and energy-producing riboflavin, all of which are essential in boosting the immunity of the people living with HIV/Aids.

The report further noted that NAGRC&DB will start making these special HIV treatment tablets from the goat milk. In Uganda dairy goat farming was first promoted in eastern Uganda by FARM Africa, an international NGO dedicated to serve the poorest of the poor.

They introduced the Toggenburg which traces its origin in Switzerland. The Toggenburg is highly productive. The breed standard calls for minimum milk yield of 740 kg per lactation, with a minimum fat content of 3.56 per cent and minimum protein content of 2.90 per cent.

In some countries, goat milk is directly crystallised into tablets which are given to HIV/Aids patients as immunity boosters and body rejuvenation.

However, it must be realized that dairy goats require careful attention as dairy cows, and temperate breeds need shade during hot weather.

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+1 #1 Tabula 2021-03-17 14:19
"Uganda to start making HIV tabs from goat milk"
The above heading is misleading and the Editor should not have allowed such to happen .

The topic implies that the goats were to be used to produce HAART ( HIGHLY ACTIVE ANTI RETROVIRAL TREATMENT ) Drugs,

The body of the article is suggesting totally a different thing and actually would not have been a big issue , because we very well know that Milk, let it be from a Cow. Camels or from humans for that matter, contains nutrients beneficial to those who drink it, let alone those with HIV
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+2 #2 Lysol 2021-03-17 20:20
Another Chinese experiments on the poor Ugandans.

It simply means that human milk genes will be introduced into goats to produce milk So it will actually be like drinking the human milk from your mother or just breasts feeding
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