Calculating a budget

You have identified the tsetse problem, designed a control strategy and developed a tactical plan to achieve this. But how much will it all cost? The final component of Tsetse Plan helps you answer this question.

Tsetse Plan first asks some very general questions, such as the costs of fuel and labour. It then asks more specific questions about the costs of insecticides, attractants and targets, the distances between the manager's office and field stations, the numbers and costs of stafftraining requirements and office equipment. From these data, the programme produces a detailed budget and shopping list.

Often, Tsetse Plan estimates that the cost of controlling tsetse in your area is far more expensive than you had initially imagined. Perhaps, when you started the process, you thought it would just be just a matter of buying a few hundred litres of insecticide, distributing this at cost price to local farmers and that was that. However, Tsetse Plan raised all those points about the office, vehicles and staff, and what seemed like such a cheap and simple thing has now become expensive and complex.

Many of the costs of controlling tsetse in your area will be implicit in the numbers of targets and litres of insecticide that were listed in the tactics section. In turn, these quantities were a consequence of the strategic plan that you developed in the strategy section. However, with Tsetse Plan you are now in a position to review the strategy, the tactics and the logistical costs, so that you can develop a tsetse plan that is both effective and affordable.